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1John 4:7 says if you love, you're born of God and know God. Is there someone or others that you love? Well, you know God; you may not know all about Him, but you don't even know all about those whom you care for.
    Everyone is always changing as life goes along. Changes to the status quo occur constantly, especially so as circumstances hit us, making us do some deep thinking. If only we used wisdom beforehand to alter our life's present path. But, some of us are not discontented enough with the present to put forth solid effort in new directions. We wait for life to happen, not realizing that life is happening to us all the time. It's better to be part of what's making life happen, than simply reacting to what is happening.
    Just when man thinks he's got it down pat, watch out. Look at thalidomide, fluoride and many things proclaimed safe; the 'unsinkable' ship Titanic (and how a novel provided a warning over a decade earlier), the 'unburnable' arena in Chicago, McCormick Place, that burnt to the ground, the unsinkable Ocean Ranger oil extraction platform, people that proclaim themselves the greatest (Mussolini, etc.) -Psalms 118:8; 146:3; Proverbs 29:25; 1Corinthians 3:19 "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written-(from Job 5:12-14; Jeremiah 8:9), He taketh the wise in their own craftiness." 1Corinthians 1:19 "For it is written-(Job 5:13), I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent."
    But you know the most important part -1John 4:8. Bet you didn't know that you're closer to God than you thought you were? Bet you didn't know either that you're now incorruptible, that is, if you have accepted Christ into your experience, your heart? 
1Peter 1:22,23 "Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth-(what truth? -1John 5:1, and 1John 2:29, just below. Yep! You're now squeaky clean in God's eyes and will forever be that way through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, so see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently {be hot!}). Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides for ever." 
As long as He's there, you're incorruptible. And He'll always be there – forever. Ain't that just great!
1John 2:29 "If you know that he is righteous, you know that every one that does righteousness is born of him."
    A better translation would be: 'If you know (are sure) that His righteousness be in you, you also know that every person that acquires righteousness (the gift of it -Romans 5:17) is born of Him (and therefore are your brothers and sisters).'
And how do you DO or acquire the gift of righteousness John, in his epistles (letters) is describing here and in the next chapter -1John 3:7,10? When you do righteousness, you have decided to not cheat, lie, as understood by the scriptures, be an angry hateful, selfishly concerned, me first, screw you type of person, seeking to have unfair-(to another's detriment)-advantage over another.
    It's the righteousness of belief. See the following and note especially the 'belief' words as they come along: 1John 3:11,14,16-19,23; 4:12,16,20,21; Romans 1:16,17; 3:22; 4:6; 10:6-15

Christ is your righteousness if you DO believe that He is indeed in you -1Corinthians 1:30-(note the words "made unto us").
    Paul is telling us to awake to righteousness (a new day, a new life for you – awake by thinking about these things daily until you really get it) and sin not (sin in the original Greek is 'to miss the mark'). Don't allow your mind to cause you to miss the mark of your righteousness by not taking time in your life to think over scriptures about the subject of righteousness. Turn off the #$*? TV! And stop wasting the time of your life talking about nothing in particular with others. Make your time count. Awake to your future. Get a great reward

More about righteousness under 'Righteousness'. 

But just to cap it all off here -Philippians 3:9 and 2Corinthians 5:21

If you believe 1John 5:1 and the other scriptures here, you've got the righteousness of God by faith. Hey! Welcome to the family! Let's go!-...continues to Questions


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