One of the hardest things for any of us is to consider ourselves righteous. How could we be righteous when we don’t live righteously? We think impure thoughts, say hurtful things, especially to those we love the most, do things that are morally questionable, and on and on the list goes. One of the definitions of righteousness is to be free from guilt and sin, and I believe this is an obligation we have to ourselves, our friends and our loved ones. Often times it is easier to forgive someone else than to forgive ourselves, but guilt in our lives can be self destructive, leading to a multitude of problems. The scripture states that if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart and knows all things, and by this we have confidence before God. What a tremendous blessing, if we can just accept it and believe it.
Have we ever considered that we are as righteous as God himself is righteous? Wow!! How can this be? There is only one way, and that is through the Son, Jesus Christ. “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin ON OUR BEHALF, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Cor. 5:21. The apostle Paul said he had no righteousness of his own, “but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith” (KJV) of the son, Jesus Christ. Folks, this is the good news of the gospel. Sure we have self doubt, guilt for perceived sin, our conscious condemning us. But, when God looks at us, He doesn’t see us, He sees His Son, Jesus Christ. This is the “blessed assurance” and “amazing grace” we have sang about for so many years. My prayer is that we have the faith to accept it, and let the righteousness of God reign in our lives.