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Living a Righteous Life




When we seek to live a righteous life, we have to look at the example of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who came and taught us that we should live righteously in this present world. Many people believe that they can only live a righteous life when they get to heaven; however this is contrary to what the bible says.

Titus 2:11-12 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

The heavenly father created mankind in his own image; which is holy and righteous and intended for us to be the same way. However, Adam sinned, now we all have to fight a battle involving applying the word of the lord (which is the spirit) to overcome our carnal desires or lusts.

Genesis 1:26-27  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Ecclesiastes 7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

1Peter 1:14-16 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 

Matt 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect


The Process of Reforming Our Lives

Where do we get the Instructions from?

How does the Change Come About?

                              

The Process of Reforming Our Lives

To reform our lives, we must first understand what sin is, which the bible defines as follows:

1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

1 Sam 15:24
And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the LORD, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.

One of the first things we should do in order to live a righteous life is to be humble enough to accept that God’s word is right. Then, confess and forsake our sins by repenting, and do the commandments of God through the examples of Jesus Christ, to renew our minds.

Psalm 33:4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

Ephesians 4:22-25  That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;23And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.


Where do we get the Instructions from?

The instructions we follow come from the bible (the word of God), as taught to us by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Matt 17:5  While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. 

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. 

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

We must apply the things that we read in the bible (instructions from God) to our everyday lives. For example, if you are someone that steals, to repent in the name of Christ you should be mindful of the word of God.

Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

Or you might be someone that is committing adultery/fornication if that is the case you have to be mindful of the word of God to reconcile yourself to him.

Matthew 5:27-28 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Psalm 1:1-2 1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.


How does the Change Come About?

Change does not happen overnight it’s a process; however, the change comes by repenting in the name of Christ, also by applying the understanding of repentance to our daily lives should cause growth in righteousness day by day.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 

1Pet 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 

2 Corinthians 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

By us constantly fighting off our evil thoughts and drawing nearer to God, he will in turn help us along the way.

Rom 8:6-7 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 

In conclusion, we should live a righteous life because it is our duty, and gives us the opportunity to enter into the Kingdom of God.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Revelation 22:14-15 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.15For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

 


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