The devil cannot succeed in letting a seed of discouragement thrive in a heart reflective and receptive of God’s love. A settled heart in God’s love is always dependent on Him, and is always steadfast. It is His love that will keep us and hold us secure.
What do you think the right definition of righteousness is? Many believers associate righteousness with a list of things that they have to do, and if they fulfil this list, they feel “righteous.” Conversely, when they fail in terms of their behaviour they feel “unrighteous.” But the Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:21 that God made Jesus who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. Beloved, you are not righteous because you do right. You are righteous because of what Jesus did for you at the cross!
Pastor Joseph Prince
God doesn’t keep a tally of our good deeds to compare it with another Christian to see who is more righteous and more pleasing to Him. He is not the kind of Father who will love His children according to how much they do for Him, nor let them have their security and satisfaction dependent on their inconsistent and imperfect deeds. He’s not that kind of Father.
God is the kind of Father who loves His children regardless. Because He has had enough in watching generations of man toiling in vain, doing all kinds of things, just to fail to reach His standards, He Himself made a way for man to be able to come to Him. Because God’s presence demanded holiness and perfection, and since man can never attain that, He Himself provided for what man needed.
A divine exchange happened. All of humanity’s sins were imputed on Jesus, thus executing God’s just condemnation for the world upon Him, while Jesus’ righteousness was placed upon man.
Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
Colossians 1: 22, New Living Translation