Do You Believe You Are Righteous?
“But He, full of [merciful] compassion, forgave their iniquity and destroyed them not; yes, many a time He turned His anger away and did not stir up all His wrath and indignation” (Psalm 78:38, AMP).
We can be glad that our God has no more wrath and indignation toward us once we have accepted Christ.
We can be assured that God is not out to punish us because He laid all of our sins on Jesus. Jesus became sin for us (II Corinthians 5:21). God took His full wrath and punishment for our sins out on Jesus.
God is righteous in forgiving us. He is righteous in justifying us because our sin has already been punished.
Then why do we still suffer the consequences? We suffer the consequences not because God is punishing us, but those consequences are the natural result of our actions.
II Corinthians 5:21 tells us that Jesus was made sin for us so that we might be the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
Right believing leads to right living. When you focus on believing you are justified by faith instead of on your sins, you will find yourself doing right.
However being righteous in God’s sight is not about us but about Jesus and what He did for us…not what we can do for Him.