The biggest difference between the righteous and unrighteous is conviction. The unrighteous do not care that they are sinning; they consider it folly to be concerned with sin. The righteous are stricken to the core for their sin and troubled enough with their sin to run to the One Who can heal them.
Who are the righteous and the unrighteous in the Bible?
And indeed He was Jesus Christ The righteous (1 John 2:1). The Bible also gives many examples of those who were unrighteous. Whereas Abel was described as a righteous man, his brother, Cain, was described as a wicked one and a murderer (1 John 3:12).
Can a wicked person become righteous?
In fact, that’s how “the wicked” don’t have to stay that way! By just being honest about themselves and their situation, they begin a rehabilitation process that can lead to them ultimately becoming “the righteous,” themselves.
Jesus condemned the wickedness of the Pharisees (Matthew 23:13-33). Wickedness is unrighteousness. The destiny of the unrighteous is eternal punishment (1 Corinthians 6:8-10; Revelation 21:8). However, the unrighteousness of mankind can be turned to righteousness.
People who accomplish big things in life must face naysayers who try to discourage them.When the Wright brothers tried to fly their first plane, people told them it would never work because humans can’t fly.When Moses led the Israelites across the desert, the people complained: “We’re going to die! We want to go back to Egypt!”When John F. Kennedy said the United States would send a man to the moon, many people said it could never be done.
Anyone who has ever tried to do anything great has always come face-to-face with naysayers.
The thing is, naysayers aren’t necessarily bad people. They may truly want what’s best for you. They may love you.
But they’re not God.
So don’t treat their opinions like you would God’s opinions.
The Bible says, “The fear of human opinion disables; trusting in God protects you from that” (Proverbs 29:25 MSG).
Some of us have been disabled by the opinions of others and we don’t even realize it. In a sense, some of us have become addicted to the approval of others.
Another translation of Proverbs 29:25 says, “It is dangerous to be concerned with what other people think of you, but if you trust the Lord, you are safe” (GNT).
When you give more weight to the opinions of others than you do to God’s opinion, you’ll stay on the sidelines when God wants you in the game. You’ll stay locked up in a prison of self-made fear.
Other people’s opinions can sidetrack you from God’s purpose for your life.
Don’t let that happen.
In Isaiah 8:13, the Bible says, “The Lord Almighty is the one you are to regard as holy, He is the one you are to fear, He is The One you are to dread” (NIV).
So break the chains of fear and go after God’s vision for your life. He’s your biggest cheerleader. He wants you to succeed, and he’s working in your life so you will.