Our Holy God has made a way – through the love and sacrifice of our Lord Jesus – to impart His own righteousness on us. This is so beyond my full comprehension. Yet, it is God’s Word and the reality for all of us who have trusted in Jesus as our Savior.
As you read the Scriptures below, take time to reflect on God’s loving and sacrificial gift of righteousness given to you. Let it become more deeply rooted in your soul and in your understanding. Let God’s sweet, full and soul-satisfying fruit of righteousness be made more vibrantly alive and more amazingly abundant in you as you generously share it with others.
All this is from God…God made him [Jesus] who had no sin to be sin for us,
so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:18, 21
Jesus taught, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him,
he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
The fruit of righteousness will be peace;
the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.
Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when the heat comes; its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in the year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.
And they will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
All this – all of our being made righteous and fruitful, peaceful and confident, wise and strong – is from God. All this is for the display of God’s splendor so that we will be filled and, then, generously nourish and bless all those around us with God’s righteous fruit that is being grown up in us! As we do, may we, first and always, remember to nourish and bless those precious ones closest to us – our own families and those we claim to care about the very most. These precious ones, all too often, end up getting our leftover fruit or our most rotten fruit, rather than getting the very sweetest, fullest, most soul-satisfying fruit of righteousness that cost our Heavenly Father so much to give it to us!