The common thread woven throughout Proverbs 11 is righteousness. Righteousness is a vital element to living skillfully. But what is righteousness and how do we acquire it?
The definition for righteousness is: integrity, virtue, purity of life, correctness of thinking, feeling and acting, holiness; purity; uprightness. The state of being in right standing with God; the condition acceptable to God.
Too bad we can’t just take a righteousness pill, be righteous and therefore live skillfully! No, it’s never that easy, besides if we could it would not fill our void for right standing with God or for right living. Anything of value has to be attained by expense. In the case of righteousness we exchange our way of living and being accepted by God for His way of being righteous.
Matthew 5:6 says,
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
We have to desire to be righteous, crave it so much that we hunger and thirst for it. Have you ever been hungry or thirsty to the point of embarrassment? You grab for food like a savage, not even bothering to use utensils! You guzzle water as it pours down your chin and neck! How many times as American Christians have we ever been this hungry and thirsty for integrity, virtue, purity and holiness? Or how many times have we been famished for intimate relationship with God?
Our appetite to be in right standing with God needs be ravenous. Where we throw caution to the wind and no longer care what others think. Because we love God so much and know we have to be in right relationship with Him and nothing else matters.
Jesus displayed His passion for the Father and for us, in this very manner. He did not let people’s opinion, or culture stop Him. He loved us so much He humbled Himself and hung on a cross.
Please be encouraged to acquire such an appetite for righteousness!
Righteousness is so imperative to skillful living that it is mentioned 11 times in Proverbs 11. It would appear very important to God that we obtain it.
Following are the 11 verses pertaining to righteousness and the skillful living tools for Proverbs 11.
Verse 4 “Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.”
Verse 5 “The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright, but the wicked will fall by his own wickedness”.
Verse 6 “The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, but the unfaithful will be caught by their lust.”
Verse 8 “The righteous is delivered from trouble, and it comes to the wicked instead.”
Verse 9 “The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.”
Verse 10 “When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; and when the wicked perish, there is jubilation.”
Verse 18 “The wicked man does deceptive work, but he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward.”
Verse 19 “As righteousness leads to life, so he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death.”
Verse 21“Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished; but the posterity of the righteous will be delivered.”
Verse 23 “The desire of the righteous is only good, but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.”
Verse 28 “He who trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like foliage.”
Verse 30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.”
Verse 31 “If the righteous will be recompensed on the earth, how much more the ungodly and the sinner.”
Skillful Living Tools:
- Acquire an appetite for righteousness
- Let righteousness direct your path
- Sow righteousness—reap a reward
- Desire the fruit of righteousness
- Be wise—win souls
Please share with those who need to live skillfully!
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