Practicing Righteousness

We practice something so that we can become proficient. What does it mean to practice righteousness? First we must consider what it is. I love the Amplified. It says: conforming our thoughts, purpose, and actions to His will.
 
Here is a verse that brings us to real time. 1 John 5:17 says, “All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.” All means without exception.
 
Therefore our thoughts, purpose, and actions that are not conformed to God’s will are sin. Did you hear that? Then how do we practically apply this to our every day life?
 
Here is an example. You are feeling impatient. To carry that out into sin would be to react in your flesh: hurt others with your words, behavior that would not honor the Lord, like burst out in anger.
 
At that moment of temptation to be impatient, you recall a verse. I like to think of Luke 21:19 which says, “By your patience possess your souls.” Here is another in James 1:3, “Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”
 
Each time we are tempted to sin our faith is on the line. Are we going to believe God? That is faith. When Abraham and Sarah were too old to have children, he continued to believe in the face of that impossibility. He aligned his will to God’s will. Maybe he remembered what happened when they were impatient and Ishmael was born.
 
We practice righteousness when we wrestle down the temptation to sin with truth from God’s word. We proclaim that truth and walk in it rather than turn into and embrace the temptation.

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