Webster defines righteous as “one who is holy in heart, and observant of the divine commands in practice; as a righteous man”. Rom 6:16b says “of obedience, which leads to being made righteous“. It is through our obedience to God and His Word that we become “righteous or one who is holy in heart“.

When we accept Jesus as Our Lord we receive the “gift of the righteousness of Christ” Rom 5:17 and are put in right standing with Our Savior because of the Blood that He shed, but that does not automatically change our heart and the way we think. It is through the renewing of our minds through reading God’s Word and the obedience to His Word that our heart is changed and we start living a righteous life. Obedience must follow learning, head knowledge without action is lifeless.

Abraham not only believed and trusted God, but he put action to what God told him and obeyed to the point of the death of his only son. Many people “Believe God” or His Word but don’t “obey God“. It is through the process of obeying what He said in the Bible and what Holy Spirit tells us to do in our own personal life that we go through the process of becoming righteous in our heart. Living a righteous life is a journey not an instanteous act, becoming righteous in God’s eyes by the Blood Jesus shed is an instant act once we accept Him as Lord. There is a difference, one is how God sees us through the Blood of Jesus which we had nothing to do with. The other is totally our responsibility which changes our heart, thinking patterns, and actions through obeying and submitting to His Word.

And [so] the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed in (adhered to, trusted in, and relied on) God, and this was accounted to him as righteousness (as conformity to God’s will in thought and deed), and he was called God’s friend. Jas 2:23

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