He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
Proverbs 21:21 KJV
For those who have accepted the blood of Christ Jesus as a cleansing from sin, we have the incredible gift of right standing before God through no merit of our own, it’s a gift.
And when we realize the costly grace bestowed upon us we look back at our sinful nature with horror of continually finding it ensnaring us into the old ways, old habits of ourselves before Christ.
To look upon Him whom we have pierced with our sin is to recognize the truth of never wanting to choose that again.
Our hearts long to walk in righteousness before God.
Thus we were given another incredible gift, the Holy Spirit.
“Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:”
John 16:7-8 NKJV
Romans 14:17 NKJV — for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 NKJV — Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Walking in righteousness is being led by the Spirit and choosing to follow God’s Word.
For He gave us so much to guide us, especially about being righteous.
Proverbs 13:5 NKJV — A righteous man hates lying, But a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame.
Proverbs 20:7 NKJV — The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him.
Psalm 37:16 NKJV — A little that a righteous man has Is better than the riches of many wicked.
These are only a small taste of the wealth of guidance God’s Word supplies.
It’s a beautiful pairing of God’s Word and God’s Spirit.
The Holy Spirit teaches our hearts and guides our steps, while we immerse ourselves in the Bible.
Psalm 1:6 NKJV — For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word, the Bible. Thank You for the Holy Spirit, our Helper. Lord Jesus, thank You for Your sacrifice that cleanses our souls. Please help us to shine evil and do good, to walk in the way of righteousness. Lord, please continue to purify our way before You, cleansing us of false ideas, freeing us from lies, exposing the trucks of the enemy. Lord, please help us to honor You with our attitudes, our actions, and our words. Lord, please shine through us to those who have yet to know You. May the whole Earth be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord. Amen.