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Devotional - week of November 2, 2003


GOD EXPRESSING RIGHTEOUSNESS THROUGH US

… [present] your members as instruments of righteousness to God.  Romans 6:13c

This command is the last of the five commands of Romans 6:11-13 for living by grace.

The second of the five commands concerns our entire bodies while the third and fifth commands concern the individual parts of our bodies. We are not to yield the parts of our bodies to the control of our sin nature resulting in unrighteousness. We are to yield the parts of our bodies to the control of God resulting in righteousness.

There are two features to the righteousness of God—judgment of sin and acts of love.

Consider a few ways God can use the members of our bodies to express His righteousness.

Through our ability to hear the Holy Spirit can reveal a speaker’s needs—and may direct us to rebuke a sin or speak a strong word of encouragement. .

Through our sight God reveals physical, spiritual, and emotional conditions and leads us to expressions of His righteousness.

God can express His righteousness by leading us to use our arms and hands. We can hold a baby with gentleness and love. He can lead us to express sympathy and encouragement to some hurting person with a gentle touch. With our hands we can write a letter or meet some physical need.

Our legs and feet enable us to go to others and express the righteousness of God.

The part of our bodies God uses the most is our voices. At times He guides us to point out and rebuke sin.

More often than not, God leads us to express love, sympathy, and encouragement with our voices. He uses our voices to teach truth to those lacking in understanding.

Let us continually yield each part of our bodies to God. He will faithfully guide us to use them in expressing His righteousness.