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INSTRUMENTS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS - Philippians 1:9-11

When we have been given the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus, how should we respond in our lives?

We say that we love you, Lord. We really do want to love you as you would want us to love you. We want to see how our love for you relates to our walking out your righteousness and vice versa.

Take a moment right now and pray right along with Paul: “Lord, may my love abound still more and more with knowledge and all discernment, so that I may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ; filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” What does Philippians 1:11 say we are filled with?

Let’s take a look at a passage from one of Paul’s epistles to help prepare our minds and our hearts as we seek to walk out the Lord’s righteousness. We need to listen carefully because we, who call ourselves Christian, are looking so much like the world around us. We look at sin from man’s perspective, but we want to see it from Jesus’ perspective. Let us be instruments of righteousness; let the Sermon on the Mount be lived out in our hearts! Let us offer ourselves, our lives! Paul appeals to us in Romans 6 to put our human ways aside and to put to death our way of doing things and our deeds of the flesh. What instructions does he give? All of these words might sound so familiar, but we need to ask the Holy Spirit to bring them to life for us.

Let us, with God’s help, offer ourselves and our lives as instruments of righteousness. Take a few moments and ask the Lord what it would look like in your life if you were to live out His righteousness every day. What would need to change in your thinking, in your heart, in your actions, and in your relationships with:

GO TO GOD IN PRAYER AND LISTEN.

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