“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one, much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ”
To be sincere does not mean you are righteous.
In your walk with God, you have to understand that there is a huge difference between moral life and righteousness. Sometime, we are tempted to think that God should look at our moral life and count it for righteousness. But the truth is that no matter how good your moral life is or how sincere you are, it will never amount to righteousness. We have quite a good number of honest people who are not righteous. There are people who do not steal, tell lies, fornicate, commit adultery or perform any other immoral acts but they are not righteous. God does not hear and answer your prayers because you are sincere or have a good moral life, He answers because you are righteous because of Jesus and your righteousness is the righteousness of Jesus. The Bible says, “Therefore as by the offence of one judgement came upon all men to condemnation, even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life”(Romans 5:18).
Righteousness is what gives you a right standing in the presence of God. Your moral life can never give you a right standing before God. Many people out of ignorance pray and cry to God making mention of their good moral life. This is because they are not aware of the truth of God’s Word. Never use your moral life as currency.
It is your faith, your faith in His righteousness that produces results. Having been declared righteous, you have peace with God (Romans 5:1). This did not happen based on your moral life or personal effort. It happened because He gave you His righteousness. You can not impress God with your good works. Jesus already impressed Him on your behalf. So, when you plead your case with God, it should not be based on your works but on the basis of your right standing with God in Christ Jesus.
Never think you can impress God with your self – righteousness.
Lord, I thank you for making me righteous and giving me a right standing before God, in the Mighty Name of Jesus.
Brother Erasmus Eneyo
Trainee in the Ministry of the Word.
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