Chapter Twenty-five

Talk about it:  I Help You Make Right Choices"

"The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion."  (Psalm 116:5, NIV)

1.  Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "We always lose when we violate God's standard of righteousness"?  Explain.

2.  Saying that God's laws take the fun out of life is like saying traffic laws take the fun out of driving.  Both statements miss the real point.  List three ways God's laws are like traffic laws.

What is the purpose of God's laws?

3.  What do people usually mean when they say,  "It's just business"?  Have you ever had to choose between what is right and what is culturally acceptable?  What did you do?  In light of what you now know about God, would you make that same decision today or a different one?  Why?

4.  What is meant by the saying, "Garbage in, garbage out"?  How does that app;u to becoming more righteous?  What do you think this means in your daily life if you want to adjust your life to God's standards?

5.  The Christian life is not simply adherence to a code of conduct, but a relationship with the living God.  How do His laws help cultivate our relationship with Him?

6.  As followers of Jesus, what are some of the potential consequences of upholding God's righteousness n modern culture?

7.  Proverbs 14:34 states, "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people" (NIV).  What is one thing you can do to help our nation turn away from its sin and move toward righteousness?

FOCUS ON GOD

Continue to review the statement and verse you wrote down last week, at least three time each day, to remind yourself that because God is righteous, you can reflect His righteousness.

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God, because You are righteous,

I will live by Your standards, not the world's.

"You are righteous, LORD,and You laws are right."

(Psalm 119:137, NIV)

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This week, focus on things that will build your relationship with God knowing that righteous living will be the fruit that will eventually begin to grow from your relationship.

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