DEVOTION FOR WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 7, 2016
Topic: GOD LOVES THE RIGHTEOUS
Text: Psalm 146:5 – 10
God created us in His image (Genesis 1:28) and one of the characteristics or nature of God is righteousness. We that He created in His image ought to have that nature or characteristics in us. For this reason God love the righteous man because he has His nature.
The bible says that the righteous man lives by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7) and without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Our bible passage for the day says that, “God loves the righteous”. Why is it, that God loves the righteous? God loves the righteous because they please Him (Hebrews 11:6). The gospel message states that righteousness is determined by faith and not by law. The Old Testament speaks of the law which the New Testament speaks on grace that comes through our faith in Christ Jesus.
Here are some qualities that distinguish a righteous man. Use them to assess yourself to know if you are one the righteous or not.
a) Total faith in God (Psalm 31:14) – A righteous man has total and implicit faith in God. He is not moved by situation or circumstances.
b) Bears fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22 & 23) – This is another nature or a righteous man. He bears fruits that glorify God.
c) His actions are guided by faith (Habakkuk. 2:4)
d) He fears God and respects man (Matthew 10:28)
e) He obeys the word of God (Acts 5:29). You can add more to this.
Note the concern God has for those who are down with burden. Are you down in your spiritual life, academics, business, marriage, career, etc? God has promised to lift you up and He will do it. For those who are righteous and are enjoying the love of God, take this advice. As someone who enjoys the inestimable privilege of His love, you should always endeavor to magnify His name with enthusiastic delight. One good area in Church’s worship where we can serve God well and magnify His name is in the choir. You must never be absent from the choir. You must never pause from His praise whose infinite love has made you what you are. Do you make out time praise God? Praises is what we can offer Him.
Food for Thought: Jesus is our burden bearer (1 Peter 5:7).
Memory verse: Psalm 146 verse 8
Prayer Points: God, help me to please you through a righteous living.