MONDAY DAY 22
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 14:34
The Lord wants us to reawaken the spirit of true righteousness. True righteousness today is seriously been replaced by worldliness and self-righteousness. True righteousness demands that we are sincerely following the paths which God has commanded us to follow. True righteousness does not glory in any form of evil, crookedness or perverseness. The spirit of true righteousness is often seen in the delights of what God commands. Uprightness and godly living is the primary occupation of the one who understands what true righteousness is all about.
God desires that His children should be like Him, at all times, we should seek to do what is right. Our scripture reading tells us: “Righteousness makes a nation great; sin is a disgrace to any nation”. Each time we study this passage of the scripture, we often think it is referring to a geographical location but it has more to do with us as a person. Once our actions are right before God and man, all our dealings will begin to earn high respects. People will hold us in high esteem. When things that have to do with integrity occur, we will be recommended.
Beloved, let not the world and its pursuits destroy the spirit of true righteousness which God demands from us. In Matthew 5:20, the Lord warns us thus: “ I tell you, then, that you will be able to enter the Kingdom of heaven only if you are more faithful than the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees in doing what God requires”. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law projects double standards of living. The lives they lead was totally in contrast with what they preached. God wants us to shun all forms of hypocrisy and pretentious lifestyle. What hurts God most is when his children pretend to be good people but deep down they are something else.
The Lord requires sincerity and truth. David understood this when he fell from grace, he realized that there was no need to justify his ugly condition on any excuse whatsoever and he declared in Psalm 51:6a, “Sincerity and truth are what you require”. Let us tell ourselves the truth, are you doing the right thing or just pretending to do the right? Galatians 6:7-10 has this to say to us: “Do not deceive yourselves; no one makes a fool of God. A person will reap exactly what he sows. If he sows in the field of his natural desire, from it he will gather the harvest of death; if he sows in the field of the spirit, from the spirit he will gather the harvest of eternal life. So let us not become tired of doing good; for if we do not give up, the time will come when we will reap the harvest. So as often as we have the chance, we should do good to everyone and especially to those who belong to our faith”. Beloved, God looks at the content of our hearts and not the outward appearance.
James 4:7 admonishes us thus: “So then, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners! Purify your hearts, you hypocrites! Be sorrowful, cry and weep; change your laughter into crying, your joy into gloom! Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up”. Let conclude us today’s reflection in the words of Pope St. Clement 1, “Let our praise be with God, and not from ourselves, for God hates those who praise themselves”
Lord, have mercy on me for the number of times I have paid lip service to worship of You.
Dear Holy Spirit, please revive in me the spirit of true righteousness.
Lord, help me to be truly committed to you.
Take the prayer of Self Surrender to God (meditatively)
Exercise: Make a firm decision today to serve the Lord in truth and spirit.