“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:16-17
What a powerful and loving Scripture. This is a favorite of many and one we need to hear numerous times a day. I want you to know, that you are unconditionally loved. That means that God loves you no matter what. No matter how much sin you have, no matter what your past looks like, no matter what you have done, no matter how you have treated others, God loves you with no conditions attached. He loves us so much that he gave his only Son to save a bunch of undeserving sinners like us. But you see that’s the God we serve. A God of never-ending love and he has a great deal of love for you.
Now, not only does God love us, but we too are to love him in return, and because of our love towards him, we should strive to live as righteous of a life as we can, from here on out.
” But you, O woman of God… practice righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.” 1 Tim. 6:11
So what does practicing righteousness look like? Well, the word righteousness is an act of love (process or transformation). So in other words, we are practicing love and doing the right things and in the process God is transforming our lives. Righteousness is perfecting of the Saints, and as Saints, we should strive daily to live righteous lives. After all, we want to be like God and what an awesome ambition, to be perfect????
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” Romans 3:10
If only we could live up to that perfection! For no one is perfect. The Bible says, “That we all fall short of the glory of God.” And that, “none of us are free from sin.” We are all sinners. As humans, it’s impossible for us to be perfect.
So if we are sinners, how then can we live righteously? The simple answer is to daily practice righteousness. What I mean is choose to do good rather than bad. When a choice is thrown your way and you are tempted to sin, choose righteousness. This is what God expects and wants of those who love him and call him Lord. Now, if you mess up, don’t panic. God is not going to let you go. It doesn’t work that way. No matter what happens God is faithful to forgive you, if you repent and confess your sins to him. He is full of grace and mercy. But the even better news is that he uses our bad choices to mold us for the good of our future. Now I know at times it can feel as if we don’t deserve God’s forgiveness and grace many times over, but I accept it and strive because I want to be with Him. So let’s continue to practice righteousness daily and seek to please Him with all our hearts.
Love you all!!