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The Duty of Righteousness

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We are always obligated to do what's right.

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THE DUTY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS By Charles Knight Intro One unfortunate fact of life is… What’s morally right and or acceptable in society, frequently changes from generation to generation. This is a constant issue for the world because, the world does not follow God: 1) It continues to search for identity: morally, spiritually, socially, and nationally. 2) This world is caught in a never-ending cycle of discerning what’s acceptable. This is not an issue for God’s people because their understanding of what’s right and acceptable is based upon the Eternal Wisdom and Nature of God—which transcends the pinnacles of human knowledge and wisdom (Ps 147:5; Mal 3:6a). Enduring Righteousness comes from God: Gen 1:31: “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” Rom 1:20: “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” We Are Taught By God To Do What’s Good, Right & Acceptable—IN HIS SIGHT: Because He alone is the judge of these qualities. Deu 6:18: “And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the LORD, that it may go well with you…” Psa 19:7-11: “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” Eph 5:8-9: “for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true) and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Jas 4:17: “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” I) GOD’S PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS REQUIRED TO DO WHAT’S RIGHT, IT’S THEIR DUTY! A) We live in a time where: 1) the concept of righteousness is vague: imprecise, not straightforward. 2) the act of righteousness is debatable. Righteousness is NEVER based upon circumstances, we are bound to do what’s right: a) Exo 23:4: “If you meet your enemy’s ox or his donkey going astray, you shall bring it back to him.” b) Pro 25:21: “If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink…” B) These things are not debatable because, they are right. And, doing what is right speaks to the core of our Christian character, we should never be confused or hesitant about whether or not it is good or acceptable to do what is right! (Lk 14:1-6; Mt 12:12). C) WE MUST ALWAYS DO WHAT’S RIGHT (IN GOD’S SIGHT, NOT SELF OR OTHERS). 1) We must always be honest and speak truthfully a) Psa 51:6a: “Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being…” (NASB). b) Eph 4:17-25. 2) If we are able, we must help others: a) Pro 3:27-28: “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbor, ‘Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it’—when you have it with you. b) Jas 2:14-18. 3) We must always present ourselves as people of righteousness a) Ro 12:17: “Repay no one evil for evil but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.” b) 2 Cor 8:21: “for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man.”
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