Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 1 John 3:7 NKJV
John said if we abide in Jesus we will not sin. How do we abide in Jesus? What does it mean to abide in Jesus?
Knowing the Word of God is not abiding in Jesus. Going to church on Sunday and bible study in the middle of the week is not abiding in Jesus. Trying our hardest to live according to the standards of a righteous God is not abiding in Jesus.
Jesus is the only person who ever lived a righteous life. We can live in righteousness by faith in Jesus because He is righteous. We can be righteous by allowing Jesus to live out His life through us. The way to abide in Jesus is to live our lives in Him and for Him.
The way to abide in Jesus is by receiving His love and sharing it with our neighbors!
What is righteousness? It is right standing with God. It is living by faith in Jesus. It is living according to God’s perfect plan for our lives.
We can live in a way that pleases God. We can live in a way that brings glory and honor to Jesus. Our lives can impact the world and the people around us.
Jesus wants us to live in faith by expressing our love for Him to the people around us!
I have written down the words God put in my heart. I shared a spiritual principle with you but it is incomplete without application. How can we surrender our hearts and minds to Jesus Christ today?
We must be convinced God’s plan for our lives is far better than giving in to our selfish desires. God does not want to keep us from having fun. He wants to fill us to overflowing with the peace and contentment that comes from living for Jesus!
Right standing with God comes at a price. We must give up our destructive lifestyles and trust Jesus with our lives. We must learn to give and receive love God’s perfect love.
God is love!
Ask Jesus how He wants you to love His people today. Ask Jesus to fill your heart with His love so you can impact your world today!
Jesus is not asking you to do anything in your own strength. He is calling you to abide in Him so He can accomplish His good and perfect plan in you and through you!
Practice righteousness by abiding in Jesus Christ!
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