Righteousness Depends on Faith


And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith. (Phil. 3:9 ESV)

How I wish I’d learned this truth earlier in life. For years I stubbornly clung to my own righteousness–it only led me to despair. What joy I found when I accepted that my righteousness–yes, not just my original salvation, but my ongoing life in Christ–comes from His strength and not my own. It’s an ongoing heart change, because my tendency is to fall back into works, but the key lies in the first part of the verse,

Be found in him.

The more I hide in Jesus and His love, the richer, more tender my relationship with Him becomes.

Do you ever feel you have to earn God’s approval? What Scriptures or methods do you use to bring your focus back to Christ?

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