Writing about righteousness yesterday made me think of another important verse about this truth and an important ‘law’ in Scripture.
I for one want to see less sin and want to live a more holy life, and as a pastor and teacher I want to see this for others.
So it would be great if there were a model in the Word as to how we could achieve this objective.
Well you should not be surprised to know that there is!
Awake to righteousness and sin not, this is what the Word of God says (1 Corinthians 5 v 34).
Or rather this is what it says in some Bibles, some versions have the “sin not” bit removed!
If we awake to, realise and understand about how we are righteous as a gift of grace through faith this will lead to less sin.
That is a spiritual rule as this is what the Word of God says.
The way to remove sin from a person’s life is not achieved by telling them to stop sinning; this is what is know as the law and this has the opposite effect by strengthening sin (1 Corinthians 15 v 56).
The way to help a person to see less sin in their life is to tell them that they are righteous, and to keep telling them that they are righteous.
But what if they keep sinning you may ask; tell them they are righteous is my answer.
What we think on, what we focus on is what we do.
People need to focus on righteousness and not sin!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus I have been made righteous”.
1 Corinthians 15 v 34…..Awake to righteousness and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame