Monday, June 23, 2008

Pursuing Righteousness

Proverbs 21:21- Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness and honor.

Those who pursue righteousness not only find righteousness but they also find honor and life. So, when seeking after righteousness, God doesn't give us only what are seeking, he gives more that. We are well rewarded when we seek after Godly characteristics.


But our own righteousness cannot get us into heaven, only the Righteousness of Jesus can, for ours are like filthy rags. How do we get this righteousness? Jesus had to wash away our sin with his blood in order to count to us his righteousness so that we would be blameless in God's sight, that is so humbling.

15 comments:

Eric said...

Wow amazing promise there, but as you said out righteousness can't get us into heaven. It takes something so much bigger to get us there - a love we can't fathom.

RYC: You are welcome on both counts CJ. You really have a great blog here.

Eric

Kaleb said...

amen, your right on cj.
Good job.

~kaleb~

Margaret Neufeld said...

Amen. That's amazing.

DTH Rocket said...

Matthew 5:6 "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied."

Great post! Keep on blogging!

Alyssa C. said...

Great post, CJ! Every time I remember what Jesus did on the cross for us, I am so amazed, and humbled.

Keep up the good work!

Penn Tomassetti said...

Amen. Righteousness is a free gift to those who have none of their own and are not even seeking it (Romans 3:10-12,22,24).

I've been teaching through Romans to my small teen Bible study class, we are in chapter 4. I couldn't wait, because we spent like 7 or 8 weeks just building up to why we need righteousness from Romans 1-3.

Here is a verse from this last study: "And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness." (Romans 4:5).

I also just read Isaiah 57 this morning. God says to the wicked: "I will declare your righteousness and your deeds, but they will not profit you." (Isa. 57:12 ESV). Just shows how we need Christ's righteousness, not ours to be blameless.

God bless.

crosseyedblog.com said...

Amen, CJ! Great truth.

Kaysie

L said...

Wow, that is so humbling. Great post!

BTW: I think it would be so neat to meet you at the conference this coming weekend. I have been reading your blog for a while, and I have a lot of respect for you. I also was humbled a few weeks ago to find that you are only a year older than I am. (Sheepish grin.)

Lauren

cj said...
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cj said...

Lauren, I wish I could go to the Dallas conference but I can't :( Glad you can go!

You probably already know this but I went the denver conference. It was great!

Penn, thanks for sharing that!

-cj

L said...

Oh well! Glad you got to go to the other conference! :D
-Lauren

Erik B. said...

You are right on. Paul fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith. May we strive to do the same.

~Erik B.

Caleb Nathaniel said...

Amen. This is something I try to keep in mind every time I start feeling proud of my accomplishments. Like if I start feeling good that I did something that I felt God asked me to do. Then I start to think of what Christ has done. Whatever I do for him can never, NEVER, compare to what he has done. My "good" deeds are only filthy rags that I'm trying to use to patch up the spotless robe Jesus has given.

~Caleb Nathaniel

Charlie said...

I'm sorry, Connor. I have this terrible thing called lack of memory--that is, I forgot your email address. Could you send it to me in an email? (charlie.sivils@yahoo.com)

-Charlie

Charlie said...

Oh yeah,
Righteousness should be pursued--no matter how legalistic that sounds.

-Charlie