“He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.” Proverbs 21:21 (NIV)
Have you ever had someone watching and waiting for you to do something wrong? I have some children on the bus who are waiting for another person to do something wrong so they can tell me and I can discipline them. “She’s eating gum. He’s marking on the seats. She’s using bad words”. If the accuser of the brethren was sitting on the bus, he would have to raise his hand to get a turn to speak up. 🙂
King Solomon noticed something about the direction a person is pursuing in their life. The foolish person pursues unjust gain, folly, rejects discipline, and lives outside of the ways for holy living. The righteous person follows the instructions and habits of God’s ways that lead to light, life and love. One leads to darkness and troublemaking, the other leads to light and peace.
No one can earn their salvation by being good enough. But there are blessings for aligning your life with the principle characteristics of God’s ways. Choosing to tell the truth, keeps your mind at peace. Speaking blessing instead of cursing avoids most arguments. Guarding what your eyes see, helps quell lustful thoughts. The list goes on in which King Solomon wrote for us to strive for righteous living.
How do you position your life to pursue righteousness and life?
- Bring on your mentor – Holy Spirit. Invite Him to speak to you throughout your day. He leads, guides, convicts and moves you constantly in the direction of God’s will. Follow the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
- Change judging to blessing. God alone is the Judge and He does not share that responsibility with us. Listen to your words about others. Like the children on the bus, are you always pointing out the mistakes and failures of others? Keep your lips closed with the judgmental thoughts until you can turn them around to blessings.
- GIGO – Garbage In Garbage Out. This was an old computer programming term to signify that you will never get good results from a bad input in the beginning. Guard what you let into your mind and heart. This includes what you watch as well as what you listen to. More information is not always better, especially if the information constantly blames others for problems. We are told to pray and bless all of those in authority.
- Drifting is not the answer to pursuing righteousness. We like to think that we are neutral in matters, but the inclination of our heart is to drift toward sin and darkness. Where is neutrality in this verse? “Love the Lord with all your heart, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Like the fragrance of flowers on a crisp clear spring morning, may you begin to experience the blessing of life, prosperity and honor. May you feel the gears shift as you navigate toward righteousness and love. May you dance to the rhythm of keeping in step with the Holy Spirit. May you receive the blessings of pursuing God’s best for your life.
Blessings Love y’all