(Proverbs 11:5 KJV) The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.
“Righteousness” (6666) exists. If it doesn’t then this is another verse that is meaningless. Righteousness is within the reach of the believer. Not only is it in reach but it is a requirement. So why is it that so many Christians keep trying to deny it? I think that they link Biblical righteousness with what I have heard called “works righteousness”. This is the idea that we earn our salvation by our own efforts. It makes obedience and discipline the source of our salvation instead of the required response to our salvation.
We can do nothing to pay for our sin. The debt is too great. That is clear. Yet the debt must be paid. That is where the Perfect Lamb of God comes in. Jesus. His death on the cross was the sacrifice that paid for our debt of sin. His blood is what can wash us. Then with the help of the Holy Spirit we are expected to respond with actions, works if you will, that are a response to His sacrifice. We are expected to live holy lives.
So? This just dips a finger in the subject but reminds me today that I am expected to live in obedience. I am expected to organize my day and set my priorities as one who has been redeemed. I am expected to walk in righteousness. It is not an option.