If you’ve read the Bible for any length of time, you’ve no doubt come across the word upright. A huge component to living skillfully, is to ascertain uprightness. I know it can seem as an out dated expression or concept, but truthfully, living uprightly is key to relationship with God and to blessings.
The attributes of the upright are: Integrity, blameless, prudent, virtue, honor, morality, truth, reliability, decency, discrete, honest and righteousness.
Two character traits of an upright person are wisdom, and understanding. The book of Proverbs is drenched with instruction on being wise and acquiring understanding.
Everyone with any sense—desires to navigate through life skillfully. Remember—the book of Proverbs is our guide for skillful living. A firm grasp on uprightness will assist us in living wisely.
One way to look at uprightness is to see it as freedom. Leviticus 26:13 says,
I have broken the bands of your yoke and made you walk upright.
The burden of bondage causes us to slump over with heaviness, worry, condemnation and shame. Freedom looses us to stand upright, both in our stature and in our heart and soul.
Almost all of Proverbs 14 has to do with walking uprightly, but I will highlight just a few (or more) significant verses, using NKJV and The Message.
Verse 1, “The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish pulls it down with her hands.”
This is huge and one of my favorites (being a woman and all). If we are not in unity and submission with God and His will, as well as with our husbands, we—with our own hands demolish our family! Careful ladies!
Verse 2—“He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, but he who is perverse in his ways despises Him.”
The Message version reiterates this verse very frankly. “An honest life shows respect for God; a degenerate life is a slap in his face.” Ouch!
Verse 3—“In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, but the lips of the wise will preserve them.”
Verse 9—“Fools mock at sin, but among the upright there is favor.”
Upright people have a hard time sinning—God’s favor, is their reward.
Verse 10—“The house of the wicked will be overthrown, but the tent of the upright will flourish.”
Verse 12 & 13—“There’s a way of life that looks harmless enough; look again—it leads straight to hell. Sure, those people appear to be having a good time, but all that laughter will end in heartbreak.”
Verse 25—“Souls are saved by truthful witness and betrayed by the spread of lies.”
Verse 29—“Slowness to anger makes for deep understanding; a quick-tempered person stockpiles stupidity.”
Verse 30—“A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones.”
One way to attain good health is to align your heart with God’s.
Verse 33—“Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding, but what is in the heart of fools is made known.”
Maybe you’re wondering—how do I live uprightly? How do I get wisdom and understanding? These are not stupid questions!
First, start with sincerely asking God—if we seek Him we will find Him. Seeking God means to wholeheartedly go after Him.
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.
Next, if you’re seriously seeking Him, expect that He will answer and show you His will. When He does—deny yourself and obey His directives.
A lot of the time God keeps silent because He knows we won’t listen and do what He tells us, that’s why we must seek Him diligently. If we want to be wise and have understanding thus live uprightly—the first wise step is to listen and obey.
When they cry for help, I will not answer. Though they anxiously search for me, they will not find me. For they hated knowledge and chose not to fear (obey) the Lord.
Changing our lifestyle is not always easy and change has to start on the inside. In seeking God first, we can be confident that He will take care of all the things we are concerned about. (Matt. 6:33)
Please be encouraged to ask God to help you live your life uprightly, you will not regret it—there are many rewards for upright living!
Skillful Living Tools
- To live skillfully—ascertain uprightness
- Understand that living uprightly is freedom
- Build your home with wisdom—don’t tear it apart with un-submissiveness
- The home and family of the upright will flourish
- Respect and honor God by living an honest life
- Be slow to anger
- The first step in being wise—is to listen and obey
- Remember change starts on the inside
Please share with those who need to live skillfully!
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