Righteous Means Doing Right--by Timothy A. Southall

What does it mean to be righteous? Can you be righteous? When we hear of righteous people in the Bible, we often think of people who are bigger than life. Yet, all you have to do to be righteous is to do what is right. Yes, it is that simple. God's Word tells us that one who does what is right is righteous:

Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. –1 John 3:7 (NIV)

Righteousness is acting out your faith. It is not what you wear, who you know, or how much you know.

Here are some examples of Bible people who were righteous:

  • Noah. He did what was right when everyone else around him did what was wicked.
This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. –Genesis 6:9 (NIV)
  • Abraham. He was righteous for obeying God.
Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend. You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone. –James 2:21-24 (NIV)
  • Rahab. She was considered righteous for hiding God's people from the wicked people.
In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. –James 2:25-26 (NIV)

We need to be righteous in order to be in the sight of God.

For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. –1 Peter 3:12 (NIV)

With all the evil that goes on in the world, we need to be righteous. What are you waiting for? Do what is right and therefore be righteous!

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