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Joy in Christ: Live Righteously

There is a general principle in life that we reap what we sow. Paul wrote, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Galatians 6:7-8).

Living righteously avoids the stings and sorrows that those in the world often experience. The psalmist wrote, “Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about. Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart” (Psalm 32:10-11). Paul added, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows” (1 Timothy 6:10).

While there are sorrows and pains that the righteous suffer, there are so many problems which the righteous will never have to undergo. The righteous will not have to worry about alcoholism, drug abuse, sexually transmitted disease, etc. The righteous do not have to worry about waking up with hangovers, being shot or beaten up at bars, etc. Furthermore, the righteous will never have to worry about the shame and guilt that accompanies a life of sin. Living righteously is not only commanded (Romans 12:1-2; Titus 2:12), it is also a wise decision which will improve the quality of life of all who choose it.

Kyle Campbell

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