Are You A Smooth Road to His Righteousness?

Are You A Smooth Road to His Righteousness? June 13, 2023

Rolling hills of Idaho
Don’t be a stumbling Black for Others. Faith Richardson/Photographer

As I stand in the mirror trying to convince myself I’ve done nothing wrong, that I’m not in trouble, why can I see Dread and Condemnation standing directly behind my left shoulder with evil grins showing their dirty, crooked teeth-rubbing their hands together as if they were eagerly awaiting to remind me otherwise?

Sometimes things are done to us. Sometimes we do stupid things out of ignorance or maybe out of fear, or even to protect ourselves. But the fact is we played a role in it and now we must face that fact and come to terms with the consequence of our actions. Right? It’s never a fun time, but the robe of Humiliation waits for us to wear Him with our heads held high.

God Does Not Condemn

I know that God doesn’t send Condemnation to be my companion, but rather He sends Love and Forgiveness. His precious gift on the cross is for me to cherish and grow not to hold my head underwater until the very life is sucked out of me. He is the one true Judge and it’s not done to condemn but to bring us to Him. To make us holy, in His image.

God so desperately wants me to believe that His gift is a tangible entity that I can tuck into the pocket just above my heart. Once there, it can then penetrate my heart and I can become His perfect image when I stand in that mirror.

Don’t be a Stumbling Block

Instead of tripping and falling over myself and becoming a stumbling block to others, He wants me to use His perfect gift to become a smooth road to His righteousness that others can easily follow. Sometimes this means accepting responsibility for my actions, eating crow, and asking Forgiveness to sit with me for a while.

Instead of inviting Dread and Condemnation to the mirror, maybe I should ask Grace and Peace to take their place. For without Grace, I could never sit with Forgiveness and therefore, I would never find Peace.

*Previously posted on FaithFraze @

About Faith E. Richardson
Faith E. Richardson was born in Traverse City, Michigan. She lived there nine short years before moving with her mom to Fort Worth, Texas where she would remain for another eighteen years. After meeting Trent, the love of her life, they married and moved to Colorado where they raised their two children. Currently retired from decades of human resource work, Faith renewed her passion for writing. Her life experiences and dramatic flair for storytelling draw the reader in with thought-provoking material on the wonder and truth of spiritual encounters. It's her desire to get her readers as excited about the Holy Spirit as she is. You can read more about the author here.
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