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RIGHTEOUS LIVING

 Lamentations 1:18a “The Lord is righteous; for I have rebelled against His command;”

THE LORD DOES IT

 Have you ever told someone they need to confess their sins because the Lord knows them anyway?   I have. It’s true.  Lamentations isn’t known for its cheerful words.  It is a book of…well…lamentations, of mourning, of grief.  And in this verse Jeremiah, the author, tells why.

It’s really simple.  The Lord is righteous.  We rebel and receive the consequences for our disobedience.  It may not happen right away, but it will.  Israel and Judah had rebelled against the Lord for years and years until judgment came.  But it came, and when it did, they knew why.

TEACHING MOMENT

How do we teach our children to NOT fall into this trap of rebellion?  Their sin natures are bent toward disobedience against us and God.  All we really can do is show them through our surrender to the Lord.  We have to model an obedient spirit.  We have to live our lives in such a way that they want to model us and not rebel against us.

That doesn’t mean we have to be perfect, but we do need to strive toward it.  We need to desire to be the very image of Christ to our children.  When they see Mom or Dad, they should see what Jesus would have looked like in the flesh. Wow!  That’s pretty demanding, isn’t it?  Yep. But you don’t have to do this by yourself.  Christ does it through you, if you will just surrender.

What is holding you back from representing Christ to your family?  “But Carl, they know me too well.” Exactly.  So, they will know any righteousness is not of you.  That will point them directly to Jesus.  They know you can’t do it by yourself.  Surrender to Him now.

Lord, thank You that I can’t do this on my own. I must surrender rather than rebel because You are righteous, and You demand righteous living from me.  Thank You that You are my righteousness.

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