Romans 1:16-17: The Word and words.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
By Sarah Morris
We learn words at a young age. In order to speak and to write, we have to learn many words and link them to ideas. Some words we say over and over, but never really dive into what they truly mean. Faith is a word that is one of the Christianese terms used frequently. Have faith. Faith, hope and love. Faith is not seeing but believing. You have probably heard some of these phrases and many more.
Another word that can be intimidating is righteous. I feel that people tend to look at the word righteous and either think that one has to be perfect in order to achieve that title or that righteous means cold and prideful. That is self-righteous. But righteous is a different matter. What if we looked at this word to mean pure in the sense that God has redeemed that person even though he or she never deserved it? Righteousness never was anything brought by humans; rather, it is something that happens when God transforms a person from the inside out. It isn’t a build-up of good works.
I would like to say that being righteous has an element of good works, but not in the way sometimes that people think. When we love someone, genuinely and authentically, we don’t wish to hurt them. We want to be good, to have our love show through our actions and our words. We work to be better, to be pure as snow in the light of God’s love. We cannot save ourselves—only God can. So, it is not a matter of being perfect, and it shouldn’t be prideful. Rather, it is being humble in the knowledge that God loves us so much that he would wash away our sins and mistakes, or failings and hurts. That He makes us Holy.
Paul wasn’t ashamed of his beliefs. He wasn’t embarrassed by the mission that God had for the plan of his life. He was confident what God had revealed to him in faith, the story of Jesus, of his birth and life, death and resurrection. It had been revealed to him in faith, and he was called to live by faith. Living by faith—not the easiest thing is it? The world tells us that we should know what is happening, take control of our own life. Yet as Christians, we are called to lose our lives in order to save them. We are called to give our lives to God, to give up control, and die to our desires to live for His glory. Faith is moving ahead even though we don’t have a grasp on the future. Faith is advancing forward even though the present is not in our control. We are called to be righteous. We are called to live by faith.