The guiding principle of the righteous

The guiding principle of the righteous

Job 27:4-6.

It is beneficial for us to set the boundaries of our lives by the scripture. The leading disposition of our lives depends on our pre-determined decisions regarding how we want to live. Some live carefree lives and do not take diligent heed to the direction of their lives. They usually end up disappointed and disqualified- 1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto yourself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this you shall both save yourself, and them that hear you.

The text details the core lifestyle of the righteous Job who kept to his integrity despite the daunting challenges of loss, lack, and sickness. This man repeatedly declares a steadfast witness of his righteousness and integrity before God. He cites the consistency of his heart and lips in maintaining a life of truth and conscientiousness. He affirms the duration of his steadfast commitment to God till the expiration of his life to death and echoes a determination to be justified before God throughout his lifetime. This is highly exemplary for us today as we profess ourselves as children of God, to ensure that with the grace for holiness and righteousness administered to us, we do our part of “taking heed” to our ways and actions to keep “himself(ourselves) unspotted from the world”- James 1:27.

There is the utmost need for continuous sanctification to keep being pure and acceptable before God. Many things seek to colonize our lives and distract us from the pathway of eternal life, we must persistently separate from them, severing any ties to prevent us from returning to them. Our sanctification is enhanced by a steadfast consistency in devotion and prayer because that is the platform where the Lord performs His pruning and tuning to accomplish His purpose and will.

We must be wary of the accusations and judgments of men. Some will jest and jostle about our stringent principle of righteousness, citing that the kingdom of God is a love-filled, easy-going, and merciful arena. While these are not wrong, we must know that when it comes to the matter of fighting against the flesh, it is warfare and a painful separation sometimes, these are not easy things to do- Matthew 5:29-30 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Let us also learn from the words of the Master regarding the straitness of the eternal path and saddle ourselves to contend against any form of distraction and pollution that seek to derail us from the pathway of Life- Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

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