“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…”
Written by: Danielle Morgan
Righteousness is an interesting thing. Its literal meaning is “the quality of being morally right or justifiable.” And if you’re like me, you’re probably thinking, “well…I might as well give up in ever obtaining righteousness.” And you’d be right.
But Christ calls us to righteousness, so we strive for something we know we’ll never achieve because we know we’re not good enough and we never will be—at least on this side of Heaven.
We are not good enough and God knew that, which is why He gave us Jesus. We must accept that we will never be righteous, but that we are made right through Christ.
The first step towards righteousness is accepting Christ and then believing who we are in Him. Even if we don’t feel righteous, He has given us His spirit and made us like Him.
We can have a hard time separating our identities from all these labels we place on ourselves. We think that these labels describe who we are to the core and we have somehow become our mistakes—our sin.
This plays out when we hide in a cloud of shame due to the mistakes we’ve made or the hurt we carry that someone else has caused us. But shame and guilt are dark and heavy chains that we need to break free of so that we can become the righteousness of God.
Did you know you are not your divorce, you are not your addiction, you are not your affair, and you are not your bankruptcy? Did you know you are no longer under the burden of shame because of what your abuser did to you, how your parents hurt you, or what your spouse said to you?
You are a child of God. You are loved.
God is love and His love is made complete in you through Jesus Christ. When you have Jesus, you are righteous because He is righteous. The next step is choosing to believe His promise and to start living it out.
Thought of the day: Do you believe you are righteous in God’s eyes? How has guilt and shame played a role in your heart and mind? Have you allowed it to shape how you see yourself?
Prayer: God, thank You for Your righteousness and for allowing me to be part of Your family and giving me the gift of Your Holy Spirit. Even when I don’t feel like it, help me to accept your gift of righteousness. Help me to see myself the way You see me and to begin to live it out in my everyday life. In the name of Jesus, I pray, amen.