Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace. – (Psalm 37:37, NIV)
Look at those who are honest and good, for a wonderful future awaits those who love peace. – (Psalm 37:37, NLT)
Keep your eyes on the innocent. Model your life after the blameless. Everyone who loves peace has a future. – (Psalm 37:37, VOICE)
So often, when we read the words blameless, upright, or innocent, the standard set before us seems unattainable. However, we must remember that when we have Christ in us, God views us through the lens of Jesus. He is blameless, upright and innocent. Honesty, goodness, and a love for peace become part of our character as we invest in our relationship with Christ. Most of us know people who model this lifestyle well. Honesty and goodness radiate from their very existence, and to be in their presence, is to understand a space of peace. Jesus is our ultimate model of such, and He places people in our lives to show us tangible evidence of the fruit that a heart after Him will bear. May we ever look to the examples set before us, and model our lives after He who was without sin. Let a love of peace propel us forward on the path to which we each have been called.
Look to examples,
Each placed in our lives;
To show us the way,
To love well and thrive.
Observe the upright,
Their goodness and peace,
Show us God’s intent.
For as we pursue,
Lives lived out this way;
God makes His heart known,
As love is conveyed.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son, Jesus, to show us what a blameless and upright life look like, and the beauty found in the ultimate future of those who love and pursue peace. Forgive us for thinking that we have to somehow accomplish these things on our own, rather than seeking You and allowing You to transform our hearts and lives to more closely mirror Yours. Teach us to turn to You to show us what it means to be honest and good, and to love peace. Show us how to love those around us in a way that conveys honesty, goodness and peace. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we look to the examples that You have set before us of those who lived and those who are now living, blameless and upright, ever seeking Your peace. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom, and their tongues speak what is just. – Psalm 37:30