LIVING WORD DEVOTIONAL
By Pastor Mensa Otabil
Sunday 28th May 2023
Scripture Reading: 1 John 2
If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him. 1 John 2:29
The righteousness that we received by putting our faith in Christ must also be translated in our daily walk with the Lord. We must not just confess that we are righteous but consequently practice righteousness in all that we do.
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The basic idea of abiding in Christ is that of dwelling. It is just like dwelling in a house. We are to dwell in Christ, in the kind of life He showed us how to live. He lived a righteous life, a life that was always right toward God and man. Therefore, we are to make our home in Christ, to dwell and move about in the righteous life of Christ. We are to be right with God and man just like He was.
If we know God is righteous, we will live righteously. The person who lives a righteous life is the person who knows God. God is righteous; His very nature is righteousness. Therefore, a person who lives a righteous life is a person who has the nature of God. He is the person who allows God’s nature to be lived out and through his life. If a person does not have the nature of God, then he does not live out the life of God.
Just like every child inherits certain traits from their parents, so does every Christian inherit God’s righteous nature. Although we know that God is righteous, we experientially come to know that certain people are abiding Christians by the righteous works they do.
We can always tell if a person knows God by the fruit and treasure of his life: Is he desirous of living a righteous life, a life just like Jesus Christ lived? Of course, we may fall short sometimes but our inner strivings should always be to imitate Christ.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are a righteous God. May my life reflect the righteousness I have in Christ Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen.