What is righteousness before God

English: Noah. Mosaic in Basilica di San Marco...

English: Noah. Mosaic in Basilica di San Marco, Venice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are always trying to find ways of pleasing God, and often times when we fail we begin to draw back from His love. One of the reasons we fail is because we are not spending time with God getting to know His word, and secondly we are not obeying. The two goes hand in hand, reading God’s word and obeying God’s word.

A view of  being righteousness before God can be seen in the life of Noah. God said that Noah was a righteous man in his generation, and because of Noah’s righteous act God chose Noah to build the ark saving his entire family from God’s judgment on the world. What was Noah doing to have allowed God to call Him righteous? The answer to that question can be found in the story of Noah’s obedience.

Despite what was going on in Noah’s day, Noah choice to live his live according to the principles of God and not according to the life style around him. Noah set himself apart from the world and fearing God knowing God was in his presence at all times Noah chose to be obedient to the voice of God. On account of obedience God saw Noah as a righteous man in his generation. Because Noah was obedient earning him the title of righteous man, God gave him the responsibility of becoming the Messiah of his generation. Noah was the savior of his generation a shadow of our obedient Jesus who came not to do His own will but the will of the Father who sent him.

Being righteous then means to walk in obedience toward God’s word, and not toward our own minds according to this world that we might be counted as righteous men in the eyes of God. This righteousness can be achieve only when we are determined in our hearts to submit and accept Jesus Christ.

John 7:16-19  Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. Did not Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they that do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.” In other words, ” Blessed are they who have determined in their hearts to do what is right for they shall prosper in doing what is right.”  In-order to prosper we are to be determined in our hearts to walk with God against all trails. The issue in doing what is right and believing on Jesus is a matter of the heart.

Genesis 7:1-5 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. And Noah did according unto all that the LORD commanded him.

John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then
are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free


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