We do all kinds of things….
We say all kinds of things to justify ourselves….
I was mad, so I hit him!
I was hurt, so I told a lie about her!
She talked behind my back, so I told all her dirt secrets!
Wanting to be right! Wanting others to think we made a good choice! But all our excuses and reasons get us no where.
I go to church because I’m a good person - wont make the cut.
The bible clearly says that there are 3 main ways that we are can BE JUST and RIGHT!
We are first and foremost justified by FAITH in CHRIST.
He makes us right!
He makes us just!
Through His sacrifice on the cross HE brought us to peace with God!
When we have Jesus…… we are spiritually justified! Without Him first we have NOTHING!
Secondly ….meaning after we have Christ –the inner expression of justification
Christ asks us to become justified by what we say! This is the outer expression of Christ within. When we are tapped into Jesus His life and way will start to flow out of us as we trust…have faith…in HIS ability to work in us.
Its easy to hate on people, to tear them down, to make them feel less than. But a follower of Jesus has the power to SPEAK WORDS OF LIFE to others.
Words of kindness, joy, peace, love, goodness, honest, uplifting words!!
By these we SHOW that we have been justified!
Third ….what we DO expresses our justification in Christ.
I had watched a video where the lady speaking said this:
Compassion is not” I feel sad and fill with tears” when I hear about something sad or encounter someone hurting. Compassion is never compassion until you cross the street and do something about it with your own time and money. Compassion is not an emotion. Compassion is a movement! – A21 Campaign
And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.
This is how we are justified!