An Aspect of Righteousness

No one can go into heaven without proper righteousness, as the Lord clearly says in Matthew 5:20, “For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” So then, it is essential to know what proper righteousness is. There is an aspect we should not miss for us to have proper righteousness.

Righteousness is not being full of rightness in us. If it is, righteousness is an impossible thing for us to reach. The reason is simple: No human can be perfectly right with no wrong. Perfection is only of God; imperfection is human.

Righteousness can’t be in us without a willingness to acknowledge that we are sinners and to repent relying on God’s grace and mercy. That heart and attitude are a face of righteousness we have to have. The righteousness we think we have in us, as it misses that aspect, is not righteousness that gives us the pass to heaven. For if we say we don’t have sin, we make God a liar (1 John 1:10). If we, even as Christians, are not penitent because we are all right, we have nothing to do with the blood of Jesus any longer–we forsook the Savior (Luke 5:31-32).

Therefore, righteousness can’t be proper without vulnerability. We have to be humble and lowly in the heart under the yoke of Jesus (Matthew 11:29).


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