Ever notice how Paul consistently reminds us that what we do or don’t do in terms of our behavior/performance has anything to do with whether we are righteous or not. We have been made righteous (by the Blood of Jesus)--it’s a gift (Rom 5:17) just like salvation– which means we ARE righteous whether we look like it, act like it or feel like it. Once we are born again it seems so easy to understand & accept our salvation. Can’t we apply the same understanding and simple belief to righteousness? We don’t always feel saved do we? But does that change the fact that we are? We don’t always act saved do we? But that also doesn’t change the fact that we are. It works the same way with the gift of righteousness.
Does this way of thinking- “I’m righteous because God made me righteous” – mean I am to take it as free license to sin? Absolutely not. Paul answered these questions in Romans 6.
What it does give me is a freedom to enjoy my Christianity before God confident He isn’t holding my every little mistake against me. For me, it makes me love Him more and stirs the holy desire to live a godly life- unafraid. It makes me want to run into His arms when I fall. It gives me assurance that I can keep on doing what is right even when I mess up. It inspires me to tell others of His greatness and His overwhelming desire to see us succeed in THIS life. It takes the focus off of me and my performance and puts it where it belongs—onto Jesus and His sacrifice for me and all of mankind.