Living in righteousness is imperative in God’s eyes for Him to fulfil His promises to you. The truth is that you can’t expect God to bless you when you willfully break His commandments. In this post we go through some Bible verses on righteousness.
Ed Cole used to say, “Prosperity is the natural, sequentially-ordered result of righteousness in life.” Through the Christian Men’s Network he trained men around the world to become Christlike men to maximize their manhood.
If you study people whose lives are progressive you’ll find that they are in right standing with God. Examples include Tom Deuschle, Alex Kendrick and John C Maxwell.
Living in sin and experiencing a successful life is an oxymoron. Righteous living is a decision just as it is with living in sin.
Here are 8 Bible verses on righteousness that you can begin to meditate on today:
1. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” ~ Matthew 6:33
In the daily pursuit of worldly success, it’s easy to neglect the work that God created for you to do here on earth. God knows that you need shelter, food to eat, a good education and to provide for your family.
It’s good to remember that His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. When you honor God above all other things He makes sure to take care of all your needs. He is not unjust to turn a blind eye and ignore you.
2. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” ~ Matthew 5:10
Suffering for doing what is right might seem stupid in the eyes of most people. Corruption in the marketplace in these difficult times, for example, goes unpunished while fighting against leads you to trouble.
Apart from corruption even sexual immorality, which is rife in most places around the world seems normal. However, God vindicates those who stand for righteousness even if it seems like they won’t get anywhere. You might be in a tough position where you need to decide between what’s right and wrong; choose to do what’s right.
3. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” ~ Psalm 34:19
It’s interesting how when you try to do what’s right you tend to face more challenges than others. It can be frustrating too because you’ll be thinking what’s the point if the wicked have an easy ride. Sometimes the devil is the reason behind your hardship and other times God may use them to sharpen you.
Whatever the case might be, rest in the knowledge that God will deliver you from those hardships. Even during this time of the global corona virus pandemic, God will be your refuge and deliver you.
4. “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.” ~ Proverbs 11:30
Despite all the hardships you will face as a righteous person, people around you will see your good works. I’m sure you know that what a person does speaks louder than what they say in the long term. The way you live your life ministers more effectively to others than preaching.
Not everyone of course will be changed by your good works but some surely will. You will win them over to Jesus Christ by the way you conduct yourself. It’s the most powerful way of winning souls for the Kingdom of God.
5. “If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.” ~ 1 John 2:29
True Christians don’t have to preach to others that they are believers of Christ. Intuitively you will know them by their works. Desmond Doss, a World War 2 hero was one such person who didn’t retaliate when his fellow soldiers mistreated him.
He responded with love and it culminated in him performing one of the best heroics in World War history. The same soldiers who mistreated him came to respect and acknowledge the power of God in His life.
6. “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.” ~ Psalm 37:25
As I alluded to earlier, God never forsakes his own children no matter what. Even when it seems like your life is coming to an end, He is always there looking out for you. In this current global pandemic when people have been losing jobs I’ve seen the grace of God countless times.
For some people, it’s been an opportunity to start their own businesses and others to change careers. While the change has been stressful, it has led to better things in the long term. Whatever you may be going through trust God to have your back during your most challenging times.
7. “But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.” ~ Proverbs 4:18
There’s a certain level of glory that you see in righteous people’s lives even when external circumstances are bad. Going through hardships is just a part of the pruning process that makes them radiate brighter and brighter.
The blessing and favor of God on your life give you a great advantage in your endeavors when you walk in righteousness. This is not to say life will always be smooth flowing but you can be sure of making progress in the things you do for the Kingdom of God.
8. “A man is not established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous cannot be moved.” ~ Proverbs 12:3
Some people believe that in order to achieve their desires, they must trample over other people. In the short term it appears to be a method that works but in the long term it’s a fruitless exercise. Or in another way, violating principles and taking short cuts may work for a while but not in the long term.
Your works speak in eternity and here on earth. Whatever you sow, you shall surely reap. Works of righteousness are established while those of wickedness come to nothing.
These Bible verses on righteousness are just to help you get started. There are many more that you can find in God’s Word.