The Key To Prosperity

(of a person or conduct) morally right or justifiable; virtuous.
I've been thinking a lot about righteousness's a word that is not often used, and when referenced, usually brings about a different connotation (see self-righteous, conceited..etc). I found myself coming back to this theme of righteous living, and it led me back to this verse
"Whoever pursues righteousness and love
finds life, prosperity and honor."
-proverbs 21:21
It seems to me that this way of life is exactly what we're all striving for...we want a life of meaning, prosperity & honor. If you look around, people are searching for this in so many places, yet most miss the most obvious place to find it. Righteousness is not about a 'holier-than-thou' attitude, it is not about judging others, in fact, it is so much the opposite. Righteousness is integrity...doing the right thing, regardless of whether anyone is watching. It's not a false pretense or an act of any's not moralistic or intolerant. It means humility, and serving others because you know that it's not about you. Righteous living is not self-seeking, it is not prideful and in it's purest form often comes with love, as referenced in the verse above. Righteousness is striving to do the right thing, not only because it brings a full & blessed life, but because it is who we are to be. God calls us not to follow the patterns of this world, but to be transformed...we are to be righteous as He is righteous, and He will guide and direct us to become more and more like Him. (We are made in His image, after all!) The challenge for us today is to be willing to walk in the path of righteousness, and to be open to God's become people of virtue, and to see others the way God sees them: people of value and gifted to do great things.

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