Proverbs 21:21 “He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.” (NIV)
You may have heard the song “Looking for love in all the wrong places.” People are turning life inside out to find love, life, prosperity, and honor. People go to any means to find these four longings of the soul, yet these four aches of the soul can only be satisfied through a relationship with Christ. It is only by pursuing righteousness and love in God Himself that the doors of righteousness and love are unlocked. Only when you are made righteous in Christ at salvation can you find love and righteousness. In your relationship with Christ, you pursue righteousness and love through the work of the Holy Spirit. It is out of the work of the Spirit that God begins to transform your life into the person God destined you to be.
It is out of this circular relationship of
pursing more of God every day in righteousness and love that life, prosperity and honor flow. Matthew 5:6 teaches, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (NIV) In
Christ you find life because you are reconciled to the source of all life. In Christ you find prosperity because “things” no longer create your security and happiness; your life in Christ satisfies those needs. And finally you find honor
because you are no longer seeking approval from others; you find your identity and acceptance in Christ. The deeper and more
passionate your relationship with Christ, the greater your experience of life, prosperity, and honor will be. 2 Timothy 2:22 teaches you to assess your life and to pursue what God has for you, “Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” (NIV) Ask God to reveal your heart, flee anything that is separating you from God, and pursue Him out of a hunger for righteousness and
a love for Him.
1 Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." (NIV)
Do you know someone who needs this message on satisfaction? If so, forward this devotion to them as a blessing for their growth in Christ.
Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Discipleship” and “Satisfaction.”
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