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What Doesn't Produce Righteousness

Discussion in 'Thoughts for Today' started by Fadingman, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. …for the anger of man doesn't produce the righteousness of God.
    - James 1:20​

    It’s a familiar verse… one that is easy, in hindsight, to apply to the rash actions of a believer who has let his temper fly with disastrous results. Those who have a temper problem may acknowledge the truth of this verse when everything is going according to plan. But awareness of such truth seems to flee when they need it the most.

    Those of us who do not have a problem blowing up may think we are safe here. Yet, we can take the word ‘anger’ out, replace it with another word, and the verse will address our weaknesses also.

    …the love of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

    …the apathy of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

    …the work of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

    …the wisdom of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

    The truth is, nothing that is of us will produce the righteousness of God. God has to make us righteous – both positionally and practically.

    But of him, you are in Christ Jesus, who was made to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: that, according as it is written, “He who boasts, let him boast in the Lord.”
    - 1 Corinthians 1:30-31​
     

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