Following Righteousness and Mercy

He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honor.

Proverbs 21:21

Proverbs is, of course, the book of wisdom.  And it has much to say about the things that we pursue, or follow after.  In this verse, the Bible tells us that if we will follow after righteousness and mercy, not only will we find righteousness and mercy, but we will also find life and honor.  In reality, when we follow after righteousness and mercy, we are following after the Lord.  He is righteous and He is merciful.  The Bible says that “all of our righteousnesses are as filthy rags”.  We don’t have any righteousness of our own.  The only righteousness we have is of and through Christ.  When we follow Him, we obtain His mercy, we obtain His righteousness, we obtain His life, and we obtain His honor. 

The question is- what are we following after?  If we are following after evil, Proverbs tells us that we will find it.  If we are following after the Lord, the Bible is full of promises that tell us that we will find Him.  Actually, even if we aren’t following Him, He is looking for us.  “Behold, I stand at the door and knock…”.  He is always waiting for us to turn to Him and to come to Him.  If we do, we will have Him and we will have everything He offers.  What a wonderful promise!

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