(TUESDAY 31ST JULY, 2018)
TOPIC: Understanding Uprightness of Character
SCRIPTURE: Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: What you believe and behave is what you become.
Our anchor Scripture makes it clear that righteousness is ey to elevation in life; but sin is a reproach. To maintain uprightness in character, there is a need to understand what it is to be upright because what you believe and behave is what you become.
Now, what does uprightness of character entail?
1. The possession of the fear of God
Uprightness of character is existence in the reverential fear of God like Job (Job 1:1). Many people in church today do not fear God and so, they do whatever they like. To fear God is to depart from evil.
2. It is a possession of a lively conscience
This is having a conscience that is alive and void of offence (Acts 24:16). To maltreat people is to live without conscience. To be upright in character is to possess a lively conscience.
3. It is operation with the right motive
To be upright is to do the right thing with the right motive. It is not uprightness to do the right thing with the wrong motive. (2 Chronicles 25:2).
4. Uprightness of character entails the passion to please God in our lives and in our actions
It is living, not just to please others at the expense of God but living to please God.
5. Consideration for the feelings and welfare of others
Righteousness is reflected in the way we treat people. Wickedness does not equal righteousness.
6. The willingness to take a stand even if it means to stand alone
Noah took a stand for God alone; God found only him to be righteous in his generation.
My counsel is, endeavour to live a lifestyle of righteousness.
Remember this: What you believe and behave is what you become.
1. Live consciously in the fear of God and maintain a lively conscience.
2. Develop a feeling for others
3. Always do things with the right motive.
PRAYER: O Lord, I ask for the grace to live in your fear and have a lively conscience. Help me always to live in the right motive and to please You, Lord, in Jesus’ Name.
FOR FURTHER UNDERSTANDING, GET THIS MESSAGE: A LIFTING UP THROUGH UPRIGHTNESS.
DAILY BIBLE READING: 2 Chronicles 29:1 to 36, Romans 14:1 to 23, Psalm 24:1 to 10, Proverbs 20:12
AMAZING FACT: The bird with the most feathers is the whistling swan, with up to 25,000 feathers.
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QUOTE: If you are going to reign in this life as a king, one of the major ways you will do that is by the power of character and integrity. Culled from WHO ARE YOU? by Dr. Paul Enenche.
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