TOPIC: RIGHTEOUSNESS —-the quality or state of being just or rightful.
WHAT DO THE FOLLOWING VERSES TELL US ABOUT RIGHTEOUSNESS?
Daniel 4:27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.
a/ stop doing wrong things and start doing what is right.
b/ start showing mercy to the poor.
*Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.[ we are to till our hardened hearts and minds and sow seeds of righteousness in them; we will reap in mercy as we seek the Lord of all things until HE returns.]
*Matthew 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
[Our right doing must be done with a humble heart not a proud boastful heart.]
*Eph.6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
[ righteousness is a part of our armor we must put on everyday!]
*Phil.1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
*1 Timothy 6: 9
But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
[ we are to flee all things that are opposite to doing good for Christ and mankind.]
*2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
[ prepared by Winston Staples ]