1 Peter 3 Lesson

Training In Righteousness

LOVING RIGHTEOUSNESS

The Bible teaches us that we are created in God’s own image (Genesis 1:27).   It also teaches us that God is love (1 John 4:16). It stands to reason then, that if we are created in God’s image, and God is love, that love should be at the heart of everything that we do. This includes love for God, love for one another, and a love for righteousness.

To love righteousness, we must first understand what righteousness is and who defines it. As Christians, our only source for determining right from wrong is the Bible, which is the inspired Word of God. The Apostle Paul wrote in his second letter to Timothy:

  • “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousnessso that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. ” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

This scripture lists four things that we are to use the Bible for:

  1. Teaching,
  2. Reproof (An expression of blame or disapproval),
  3. Correction,
  4. Training in righteousness.

TRAINING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS

For today’s lesson, we will focus on the fourth bullet point, training in righteousness.

Being a Christian is meant to be an active, not a passive, existence. As God’s children, we are to seek out His will, and then we are to follow it.

Jesus said:

  • “If you love me, keep my commandments.” – John 14:15.  

This brings up an important question:

“How can we keep God’s commandments, if we do not know what they are?”

That is why we need to devote time every day to be in God’s word. When Paul wrote about “training in righteousness,” he was talking about doing two things:

  1. Reading the Bible,
  2. Applying what we learn.

READING THE BIBLE

The more that we read the Bible, the better we understand what our purpose is for our relatively short time on earth. God wants us to do two things every day:

  1. Glorify Him,
  2. Serve others.

Only after we have devoted the necessary time to understanding God’s Word, can we correctly apply it to our everyday lives.

Consider the following scripture, also from Paul’s second letter to Timothy:

  • Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” - 2 Timothy 2:15.

If we do not understand God’s Word and how to apply it, we put our souls at risk. We are warned in the Book of Proverbs that our own instincts will at times fail us.

  • There is a way which seems right to a person, but its end is the way of death.” - Proverbs 14:12.

Jesus was constantly going to a quiet place to study the scriptures. It is this example that we are to follow. We never know everything there is to know about God. Throughout our lives, we are to continue to train in righteousness by studying the Bible.

APPLYING WHAT WE LEARN

We can have all the Bible knowledge in the world, but it is useless unless we apply it to our everyday lives. This is a conscious choice, and God gives us free will to decide for ourselves whether we are going to act on our faith.

As you read the following passage, pay attention to James’ call to action. In this beautifully written scripture, James implores us to act on our faith:

  • “What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him?  If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?  Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” – James 2:14-18.

We demonstrate our faith through the actions that we take. And as we apply what we have learned, we will be pleasing to God and an encouragement to others.

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT RIGHTEOUSNESS 

God wants us to live righteous lives. The Bible is full of scriptures that teach us right from wrong and encourage us to act on our faith. For today’s lesson, we have highlighted the following three:

  1. “So for one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, for him it is sin.” - James 4:17,
  2. “Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.” - Romans 12:21,
  3. “To do righteousness and justice is preferred by the Lord more than sacrifice.” - Proverbs 21:3.

CONCLUSION

God created us in His own image to do two things while we are on earth:

  1. Glorify God,
  2. Serve others.

Being a Christian is meant to be an active, not a passive, existence. As God’s children, we are to study the Bible so that we understand right from wrong.  Not as defined by the world, but as defined by God.  When we are able to rightly divide God's word, we can then apply it correctly to our everyday lives.  

When we do these two things, we can look forward to one day hearing the words, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

We will end today’s lesson with the following words written by the Apostle Paul. They are the same words that we hope to be able to say when our time on earth comes to an end:

  • “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. ” – 2 Timothy 4:7-8.

Comments

Michael

The example that comes to mind for me personally has to do with who I text on my phone. Different groups of friends text about different things.

I know that one group is going to be texting about things that I would not want God to see. They curse a lot and make inappropriate jokes, etc.

Not texting with that group and putting my energy in a righteous direction such as Bible study is an example of turning away from evil and doing good.

Thank you for the encouragement today's lesson has given me and hopefully others to do the right thing.

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Dan W

What a precious scripture reading for us today

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Donna JesusFollower

Those moments when I want to argue with my husband but instead submit for a quicker resolution is a possible example of turning from evil and doing good.

God sent me an honest, loving husband and sometimes I want to run the show.... most times. It is a true challenge to not fight to be 'right' but those times when I allow my husband to lead and guide our family, it is so clear that I am allowing God's plan to take place, and it is much better for my family.

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jmack3388

We have a filter between our brain and our mouth. Sadly, we don't use it as much as we should. The filter should be us asking ourselves if what we are about to say is something we would be ok with God hearing, because He hears everything.

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