Dear brother and sister, The journey of faith, is not simply a matter of believing, but also about how one’s belief transforms one’s life. It is essential to embrace “training in righteousness” as part of our spiritual growth.
As a loving parent guides their child in the ways of good behavior, so does our heavenly Father teach us, his children, the path of righteousness.
In the ancient times, a potter would mold clay into beautiful pots. Similarly, we too are being shaped by the hands of the Divine Potter, refined by every trial and temptation we face. With each challenge, we are being prepared and molded for a greater purpose.
The stories from the Bible remind us of men and women who faced trials, temptations, and tests, yet emerged stronger and closer to God. For instance, Joseph, sold into slavery, was later elevated to greatness not just because of his faith, but because he allowed his faith to train him in righteousness.
The art of righteousness, dear friend, is a continuous learning process. Just as a musician practices diligently to master an instrument, so too must we practice righteousness daily, making choices that align with the divine will.
This training refines our character, helps us to discern right from wrong, and draws us closer to the heart of God.
Dear friends, now let’s see the Bible scriptures below that talk about “Training in Righteousness”.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it”
2 Timothy 3:16
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”
“Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby”
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”
“And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up”
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves”
“For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth”
“Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life”
“And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord”
1 Timothy 4:7-8
“But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come”
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you”
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction”
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled”
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”
“But his delight is in the law of the Lord ; and in his law doth he meditate day and night”
2 Peter 1:5-7
“And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity”
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord”
“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple”
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law”
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope”
“He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes”
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world”
“The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master”
1 Corinthians 9:25
“And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible”
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye”
“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word”
“And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord ; and great shall be the peace of thy children”
“Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish”
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”
1 Peter 2:2
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby”
“Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord , and teachest him out of thy law”
“For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life”
“Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God”
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth”
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”
Training in righteousness is not merely about adhering to rules or rituals; it’s a transformational journey of aligning one’s heart, soul, and actions with the divine purpose. Just as a tree is nurtured by its roots, we too derive our strength and purpose from our foundation in the scriptures.
The Bible not only offers a blueprint for living righteously but also serves as a beacon guiding us through life’s storms. Embracing this training ensures our growth in spiritual maturity, fosters discernment, and paves the way for a fulfilling relationship with God. It’s a call to action, dear friend. May you be inspired to delve deeper into the scriptures and embark on this transformative journey.