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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 and just. God is righteous, which means He 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 and punishment. I am sure you realize disobeying laws no matter where you live, always comes with a negative consequence. I can get in a hurry, so of course I have gotten speeding tickets from breaking our city's speed laws. As a result, I am punished with a fine. Sin has punishment, because it is disobeying God's laws. Death and eternal punishment away from God are the punishment for sin. (Ephesians 2:1-5; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-10)

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 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. 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.

How does knowing God is righteous and just impact your life?

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. But God doesn't want to punish you, so Jesus came down from heaven to take the punishment for your sin upon Himself. (2 Corinthians 5:21) Jesus' sacrifice satisfied God's just anger against our sins, allowed our sins to be completely forgiven, and gave us His righteousness. (Romans 3:22-26; 1 Peter 2:24) We could say, when God looks at us, He doesn't see our sin, but instead He sees Jesus Christ's righteousness.

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 walking 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; James 4:1-10; 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:

Righteousness in God. In the Old Testament times people could ask God to help them live righteously and justly, and He would. Yet, something miraculous happened when Jesus Christ died for us; we can now have God's righteousness at the time of our salvation. However, like our sanctification or holiness, we need to grow in righteousness. Read 1 Kings 3:9-12; Matthew 6:33; Romans 3:22, 6:16-19; 2 Corinthians 5:21.

Are you growing in righteousness? Psalm 23:3 says that God wants to guide you in the paths of righteousness. Ask God to help you live a just and righteous life. It is a prayer, I pray for myself and my family about every day.

God's Word teaches you what God's justice and righteousness look like, so you need to be reading His Word. I was just thinking, a number of peoples around the world can't afford a Bible or can't read one if they had one. They would love to have God's Word accessible. Those of us with a Bible are blessed, so let's be using it. Read Psalm 1; 2 Timothy 3:15-17.

Read Ephesians 4:24-5:2. This passage is full of what is right and just - what we should be doing as a Christian. Make a list from this passage on what you should or shouldn't to doing.


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