Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor. – (Proverbs 21:21, NIV)
People who try hard to do good and be faithful will find life, goodness, and honor. – (Proverbs 21:21, ERV)
Whoever pursues justice and treats others with kindness discovers true life marked by integrity and respect. – (Proverbs 21:21, VOICE)
The human condition becomes quite ugly when individual agendas are pursued, rather than righteousness and love. If we cannot look past ourselves to extend the same love that we have so freely been given, peace is lacking, and satisfaction never arrives. I cannot help but cringe in today’s political climate. With both sides in seeming pursuit of personal agendas, rather than what is truly right, there is no love extended, and it becomes an episode of adults behaving badly. What if each party set aside their differences and looked for solutions that are founded in love, kindness and justice? Integrity would remain intact, and representatives would be respected, regardless of party affiliation. Currently, all I know to do is pray – for both sides. On a personal level, if I am working hard to do good and be faithful to love, I know peace in my pursuit of right living. May we each pursue righteousness and love, personally, and pray for such for those who have been chosen to lead our nation.
We each have been called,
To live right and love;
Choose good for others,
As God does for us.
For as we choose well,
A true life is shown;
Honor and respect,
As grace is made known.
Imagine a place,
Where righteousness reigned;
Love motive for all,
Peace could be maintained.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You reward righteousness and love with life, goodness and honor. Thank You that this is not something that we are expected to do on our own, but rather as we seek You and pursue a life of loving You and loving people, goodness and love are extended according to what is right. Forgive us for the times that we have chosen to withhold good or do anything out of selfish ambition rather than love. Teach us to seek You and follow Your leading, so that love and righteousness will be our mode of operation. Show us how to give good and love well for the good of those around us, and not just ourselves. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek to do good and love well. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. – 1 Peter 4:8