Day 176 – Paths of Righteousness
On: April 25, 2015   |   By: admin   |   Under: Blog   |   Comments: Comments are off

“Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled on the way, or your adversary may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. I  tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.” Luke 12:57-59

There seems to be a lot of anger about these days. Road rage needs no explanation. How do we get so cross so easily? Likewise on a busy Tube train.

“Ah” I hear you say, “But weren’t you telling us, just yesterday, that Jesus seemed to get cross as well?” Indeed. His, however, was justified; ours, very often, is not. His was directed at falseness and injustice; ours boils over when we don’t get what we want. His was God focussed; ours is self centred.

If we don’t realise this, we will repeatedly find ourselves in a hole. (Being marched off to court in Jesus’ illustration.) It is our responsibility to assess our own weaknesses and address them. It is our joy to turn towards Jesus for help and our privilege to invite the Holy Spirit into our lives to empower change.

Anyone who’s sat through a traditional Anglican Church service will be familiar with the words from 1 John 1:8-9 that come before the Confession: If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Thank God that He does forgive us. But how much better to come to Jesus in the first place and learn to walk in righteousness, rather than continually having to approach Him with our tails between our legs: “I’m afraid I’ve messed up again!”

Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control. Proverbs 25:28

Prayer:

Father God, I come to You to show me the way of righteousness. Grant me self control, that I might walk in paths of justice. Amen

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