Living a devout life is often thought of as following a list of strict rules. But in reality, righteousness has the opposite effect of leading an oppressive lifestyle. Devoutness suggests a thriving, spiritual relationship with God that leads to freedom. Living righteously is always a genuine decision one makes to remain attentive to the presence and power of God. It is motivated by love and reverence for the One who created us and cares for us.
If you want to cultivate holiness in your life, here are 10 daily practices based on Scripture that will help you build your relationship with God.
- “Set your affection on things above, not on earthly things.” – Colossians 3:2. Every morning when you rise, decide to set aside time to pray and center yourself on God’s Word. The practice of letting your soul be fed by God’s Word and praying will prepare you for the day ahead and help you live righteously.
- “Pray continually” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17. God has instructed us to pray continually. Whether aloud or in your head, choose to pray through the various tasks of the day. This will keep you connected to God. Open communication with the One who is perfectly holy will undoubtedly teach you to be holy too.
- “In everything give thanks.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18. Stay determined to remain grateful regardless of what may come your way. This is a safeguard against not being righteousness. Gratitude helps you maintain perspective on who you are in Christ and what He’s given you.
- “Hate what is evil, cling to what is good.” – Romans 12:9. Choose to hate what God says is evil and to love what is good. God has set you apart for a purpose, but if you become immersed in the ways of the world you will forget your calling. We must consciously choose to love what God loves and exemplify it in our lives.
- “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” – Galatians 2:6. Taking part in a thriving Christian community spurs us on to righteousness. Making an effort to connect with your brothers and sisters in Christ will bless your life immensely and challenge you to remain close with God.
- “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7. This passage reminds us that a righteous life is a free life. Jesus will bear all your burdens and cares if you will but cast them on Him. There is no need to be anxious or worried about anything. This is God’s will for you.
- “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” – Colossians 3:12. Everyday is a new opportunity to practice the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Think on the words of Colossians and make it your experience. God will be glorified in it, and you will be blessed.
- “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” – Philippians 2:3. This passage goes on to say, “in your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” Jesus was a servant. He humbled himself and considered other’s needs above his own. This is a powerful reminder that we should take to heart and practice daily.
- Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9. Acting in selfless service to others can often seem a daunting task, but God reminds us in Galatians 6:9 that our godly life will be rewarded. The Lord does not overlook what is done in love, no matter how small, and He will bless us for it. Not a day should go by that you give up loving others.
- “Come near to God and he will come near to you.” – James 4:8. At the close of each day, we should find ourselves a little closer to Christ. God promises that when we draw near to him that he will also draw near to us. This indicates that our relationship with God is a two way street. God has continually made himself available to us and loved us, even unto death; we should also dedicate our lives to him.
Inspire You Entertainment is a production company that produces and distributes faith based films that provide our viewers with inspiration and encouragement as they navigate through life’s everyday challenges. The word “inspire” has two root components, “in” which means “into” and “spirare” which means “to breathe”. Literally speaking, to inspire means to breathe life into a person. Inspire You Entertainment aims to do just that!