Emanna for 03/05/2020

Learning Righteousness

Bible Verses

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 1 Thessalonians 2:10 You are witnesses, as well as God, how in a holy and righteous and blameless manner we conducted ourselves toward you who believe, Words of Ministry

We had our entrance through the way of righteousness; this is the way we were saved. The result of this is that as Christians, we should learn righteousness. We cannot be careless in anything. Since God has been righteous in saving us, we do not match God and are not compatible with Him if we are not righteous. What does it mean to be righteous? Being righteous is owing others nothing; it is refusing to take what one does not deserve, and refusing to give what should not be given. To repeat, since God is not unrighteous concerning Himself, we who belong to Him cannot be unrighteous either. We cannot owe anyone anything. Whether or not we can be a proper Christian and grow depends on our view and feeling concerning righteousness at the time we entered the gate. It hurts our heart to see some so-called Christians having no sense of righteousness at all. They never feel that they have done anything unrighteous. Some have not even apologized once to anyone since they became a Christian. There can only be two possibilities as to why they have never apologized. Either they have been right all the time and never been wrong, or they have been wrong and not confessed that they were wrong. May the Lord be merciful to us so that we do not deceive ourselves to think that we are never wrong. May we not put aside confession through the hardening of our heart or the saving of our face.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, Central Messages, pp. 211-213. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat from 1/20/98)