The Pursuit Of Righteousness

I am at a point in my life where I feel it is very important for me to develop a new habit, continuing to develop myself as a person.

I have determined through reading and studying the Bible and studying life, that God has placed in my heart the importance of the pursuit of righteousness.  I feel compelled to become a righteous man.

Now I didn’t say “self righteous”!

Let’s look at the difference.

Righteous: Morally right or justifiable, virtuous.

Self Righteous: having or showing a strong belief that your own actions, opinions, etc., are right and other people’s are wrong.

I know sometimes I can be self righteous and believe me I hate when I catch myself doing that.

So how did I realize that God put this pursuit of righteousness in my heart?

As humans it’s always there, we all want to do good but as we go through life, with its temptations and distractions, the desire to do right becomes corrupt.  I’ve always wanted to do good and what is right but like all good and right things in life it can be hard and it takes work.

So I slack off.  It’s easy to blast someone behind their back, especially when they have pissed you off.

It’s easy to take advantage of a company or person when you feel you’ve been wronged.

Like when a big corporation under charges you for something and you let it slide.  Hey it was their mistake and they can afford it.  I didn’t cause them to screw up and why shouldn’t I get a break.  I’ve worked hard all my life and never get anything handed to me.

It’s wrong and you know it’s wrong but it’s easy to rationalize away.  I know, I’ve been there and done that.

I’m trying to commit to being a righteous man every day.  It’s hard.

Some days I mess up before I even get out the door so I must commit to trying harder the next day, and I’ll probably mess up again.

What’s important is to keep this honest desire in my heart every day, to commit to trying harder than the last day.

What brought me to see what God has placed in my heart?

I guess it has been building over a lifetime and I finally realized it the last time I read the Gospel of Matthew, when I read Christ’s Sermon on the Mount.

The final piece that put it all together was Matthew 6:33-34.

But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.  Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

This simple lesson from Christ finally sunk in.  Be a truly righteous man and all will fall into place.

I must try harder tomorrow.

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