Today’s word for May 1, 2011

Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous;
you surround them with your favor as with a shield.
Psalm 5:12

It is said that a person is righteous when he or she acts according to justice. In the scheme designed by God for men, justice is achieved when actions and decisions are in line with the law of God. Overall, righteous is anyone who lives seeking to fulfill God’s law. However, in particular, we all know it is impossible to fulfill the law of God in its entirety because the human gene map contains a gene common to all human beings that when having to decide between good and evil, we chose the incorrect path despite of consciously knowing that what we are doing is wrong. That is why the apostle Paul quotes the Psalms 14 and 53 of King David when he says: “As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.” to clarify that no person shall be justified in God’s presence by observing the law.

But that is not all because now, an opportunity of hope for humanity is open before us, when we know that the righteousness of God has come through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. Then everyone who has put his trust in Jesus Christ and his redemptive work can now be considered properly righteous. And the righteous are blessed and protected by the shield of the favor of God for we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Do you trust in Christ or in your abilities and skills? Which makes you feel more comfortable, knowing that you have a good amount of money in your savings account or the certainty that God will never forsake you? Does your righteousness depend on your good works or on the redemptive work of Jesus Christ? The difference is important and should not be treated lightly. Remember that God blesses the righteous and protects them with his favor. To God alone is the glory!


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