"Righteousness" - the moral perfection
God requires of us in order to enter the gates of Heaven.
Who amongst us feels they deserve the title of
being righteous? If you think it comes as a result of your own doing, you
might want to think again! Paul tells us, in this passage, that the only
way each and every one of us can attain righteousness is by faith.
Salvation comes to us by the grace of Christ. He took upon Himself all of
our sins - our unrighteous behaviors - and took them with Him to the
cross. Because of this act of love for all mankind, we have the
opportunity to become righteous - simply by having faith in Christ.
The word "lent" was used by the
English as the name of the season between winter and summer. We call this
season "Spring" - a time for renewal of life and new
beginnings. As we approach the Lenten season, let us renew our faith in
our Lord, Jesus Christ. Keep Him in your heart and spread the news to
others about His love. His gift of salvation - and
righteousness - is free to anyone - if only we believe!