How to Pursue Righteousness [Proverbs 21:21 Daily Devotional]
Though this proverb was written before Jesus, it still holds some wisdom. “Righteousness and love” here is similar to what Jesus talks about when he says that we should love one another. So, when we pursue love and strive to live an upright life that considers others first, we find life. However, this is not from ourselves. We can only find life when we do these things in Jesus’s name because he is the true life.
How to Pursue Righteousness
Let’s be clear on a part of this verse that may have grabbed your interest. The proverb writer writes that you’ll find “prosperity” and “honor” when you pursue righteousness and love. There is typically no financial gain in loving others. In fact, in today’s world, you may miss out on financial gain and honor by living an upright life. It should go without saying that if you’re loving others or pursuing righteousness in order to gain prosperity, your motives are most likely misplaced.
Don’t allow this verse to cause you to follow a prosperity gospel. Instead, apply this verse how it’s meant to be applied. Don’t seek out the gains you get from loving others, but rather, seek out love and righteousness itself. Jesus showed us the way in this, so I encourage you to follow his example by sacrificially serving others.
Father, thank you for providing a way to acquire a full life through your son, Jesus. Help me to stay focused on that truth and not be distracted by the things that try to take my attention off of you. Give me the strength to love and live in an upright way no matter what the world around me says. It’s in Jesus’s name I pray, amen.
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