Daily Devotionals for July 28
Proverbs: God's Wisdom for Daily Living
21 He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
Proverbs 21:21 (AMP):
21 He who earnestly seeks after and craves righteousness, mercy, and loving-kindness will find life in addition to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) and honor.
Thought for the Day
Seeking after righteousness is the secret to an honorable and overcoming life. Anyone who seeks wholeheartedly after righteousness and mercy will not only find it, but also will obtain life and honor themselves. We find this same principle expounded in the Sermon on the Mount. I do not think that I can improve on the words of Jesus Himself:
"And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy" (Matthew 5:2-7).
"Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:31-33).
The Biblical definition of righteousness means to be in right standing with God. If we are in right standing with God, we will then be in right standing with people, since the Lord will always lead us to do the right thing in relation to others. The Bible is very clear that we cannot love God whom we have not seen, if we do not love our brother that we can see. If we love God, we will love others also.
"If any one says, I love God, and (detests, abominates) hates his brother (in Christ), he is a liar: for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this command (charge, order, injunction) we have from Him, that he who loves God shall love his brother (believer) also" (1 John 4:20, AMP).
Righteousness and mercy are so important in God's economy that when we seek His kingdom and His righteousness first, it will bring us life and honor. We can also rest assured that the Lord will provide for our material needs since that is His promise to us.
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