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The One True God is Righteous and Just

Day Eleven
by Gini Crawford, MSW

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God is righteous. This means God does exactly what is right; He has no lawlessness in Him. God is just which means He is perfectly fair. God's justice rewards righteousness and punishes sin.

For I proclaim the name of the LORD...His work is perfect, for all His ways are just; a God of faithfulness and without injustice, righteous and upright is He. Deuteronomy 32:3-4 NASB®

Sin brings punishment. This is because sin is breaking God's laws. The punishment for sin is death.

For the wages of sin is death... Romans 6:23 NASB®

Does God really want to punish us? No! God never wanted to punish us! The Bible says that God told Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He did not want them, or us, to die! He created us to be with Him, not to be dead to Him. He wants to show us His love. (Hosea 2:19-20) However, since justice and righteousness are His characteristics, He has to fairly and rightly deal with all disobedience. If He did not, He wouldn't be just or righteous.

God's righteousness and justice toward us. Have you ever been unjustly treated? Have you ever done something right but no one seemed to care? Do you have a secret sin only you know about? Keep in mind God knows all things and sees everything, even things done in secret. He rewards righteousness because He is just. However, because He is just, He will punish unrighteousness which is sin. However, God doesn't want to punish you, so He came down from heaven to take the punishment for your sin upon Himself. (2 Corinthians 5:21) He did this so you can have His righteousness, and to satisfy His just anger against your sin. (Romans 3:22-26) How does knowing God is righteous and just impact your life?

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. Romans 5:8-9 NASB®

Should we care about sin in our lives, since Jesus took our punishment for our sins? Of course! When we sin as Christians, we are pulling away from God. We are also disobeying God's laws when we sin, which He put in place to give us well-being on this earth. Sin is never good for us; frankly it can devastate our lives if we habitually continue in some sins. However, when we confess our sins or agree with God about our sins it restores closeness, to God again. Confessing your sins is the easiest way God could give you to be so quickly near Him again (Psalm 32:1-5; 1 John 1:5-9). When you sin, God knows it, whether you think so or not. Confess it and move on with Him.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 NASB®


Life Application:

Read Psalm1; Hosea 2:19-20; Matthew 6:33; Romans 3:22; 2 Corinthians 5:21 and Ephesians 3:19. These passages explain God's righteousness and unfailing love toward us. Write any insights you might have. We can only be righteous and truly just through a relationship with Jesus Christ. God's love is anchored in Jesus Christ - Who gives us God's righteousness. God's love for me makes me desire to be just and righteous for Him. How about you? God's Word teaches us what God's justice and righteousness look like; so you need to be reading His Word. (Psalm 119:1-3,7) God wants to guide you in the paths of righteousness. (Psalm 23:3) So ask the Holy Spirit to help you live a just and righteous life. It is a prayer, I pray for myself and my family about every day. (John 14:26)


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