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Monday, April 28, 2014

Hope of Righteousness: Faith Seeds: Prayers and Poetry


Galatians 5:5-6, “For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that matters is faith working through love.”

Righteousness—right standing—right living—right connections—right place.

All good desires for Kingdom living. For living a life worthy of Christ’s sacrifice. Yet how often do we measure our definitions and standards of righteousness by God’s perspective instead of our worldly slant viewpoint?

Even Jesus’ own disciples saw right standing as what position they would occupy when His reign began. The sons of Zebedee brought their mother to ask for them, much to ire of the other disciples. (Matt 20)They thought authority and judgment and rule as external power would bring about a righteous government where foreign enemies would be expelled from Israel.

However God had even more radical love in mind. He saw hearts filled with love willing to be malleable under the Holy Spirit’s shaping hands. Living in hope every day. Faithful regardless of position. Not seeking the approval of others or defining others with empty titles. Expecting an eternal measure and not a temporary reward.

“Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Lord, please keep us resistant to any influence other than Yours, so that our hearts will live in your true hope of righteousness.


Psalm of Worship: Psalm 96:13

“Before the Lord, for He is coming; For He is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness, And the peoples in His faithfulness.”

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