O the deep, deep love of Jesus, vast, unmeasured, boundless, free!
Rolling as a mighty ocean in its fullness over me!
Underneath me, all around me, is the current of Thy love
Leading onward, leading homeward to Thy glorious rest above!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, spread His praise from shore to shore! How He loveth, ever loveth, changeth never, nevermore!
How He watches o’er His loved ones, died to call them all His own;
How for them He intercedeth, watcheth o’er them from the throne!
“Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
What does it mean to be righteous and the call to righteous living? Peter references Psalm 34 reminding us “…the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” To ‘be righteous’ opens the glorious door to fellowship with God. In confidence, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord [Yahweh] hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
In both the Old and New Testaments to be “right with God” sinful depraved mankind justified before a holy God is by faith. To ‘be righteous’ the regenerate heart, born from above, is an act of “imputed righteousness” by God. Piper (2019) discusses righteousness reckoned to you and me through faith, which comes from God as a gift in the supernatural moment every person chosen by God receives it by grace through faith. “Justification is God’s action pronouncing sinners righteous in his sight. It is a matter of our being forgiven and declared to have fulfilled all that God’s law requires of us.”
Piper refers to imputed righteousness as perfect. In other words, we in Christ stand before God as righteous; the blood of the Lamb cleanses me from my sin and I am completely forgiven, justified, perfect before our holy God in Jesus. The call to live-out righteous is progressive. This exciting, amazing supernatural living faith is now worked-out with fear and trembling by God’s grace. Paul, “…we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.” Moreover, “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”
There are normative qualities every person genuinely in Christ will manifest. Ideally, genuine believers recognize other regenerate hearts and are prompted by the Spirit to spur one another on toward love and good deeds. A fella at work said to me, “light recognizes the light.” I was taken back for a moment, then I smiled. Jesus said, “By this, all men will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”
Peter highlights our call to righteous living: pursue harmony, show sympathy, love as brothers, exhibit compassion and choose to be humble in every context. When an evil remark rears its ugly head I am ready to reply with evil or entertain insulting thoughts when evil presents itself. No! Resist! In his power, the Holy Spirit helps us to live-out our imputed righteousness practically with persistence and consistency. Good works, practical love, kind words, encouragement, self-sacrificial service, all reflect your regenerate heart and the mercy of God. The pursuit of righteousness, progressive and practical full of grace behaviors, which God prepared for you and me to do is the blessing we are called to give, and ultimately heavenly blessings we will inherit by God’s amazing grace.
Beloved, be ye encouraged and empowered to pursue righteousness with joy, full of sacrificial love and overflowing power promised by our most gracious God.
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, love of every love the best!
’Tis an ocean full of blessing, ’tis a haven giving rest!
O the deep, deep love of Jesus, ’tis a heav’n of heav’ns to me;
And it lifts me up to glory, for it lifts me up to Thee!
Sisters are meeting to pray. First Baptist, 1912 Arnold Way, Alpine. 0900
Join faithful gals for a time of encouragement and prayer. You are always invited to join those who have the light of Christ and allow your light to shine as well among sisters in Jesus. A joy!
Brothers are meeting too! Alpine Youth Center. 2153 Arnold Way, Alpine. 0730
Join brothers in Jesus for a sweet hour of prayer. We encourage and love one another as we are called to practically do. As the Spirit leads, join us. God hears our prayers and empowers us to glorify him.
 1 Peter 3:8-9
 1 Peter 3:12
 Psalm 34:17-18
 Erickson, M.J. (1985). Christian Theology. Baker.
 2 Thessalonians 1:11
 Romans 6:18
 John 13:35