This verse from yesterday speaks a couple of different thoughts to my heart.

One is that righteousness and mercy co-exist.

Ok-that one is still on soak.

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Proverbs 21:21

Another is that FOLLOWING righteousness leads us to FINDING righteousness. I think this lends to the idea that we will never attain “being righteous” -which reminds me of this passage:

10~As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one11~There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12~They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Romans 3:10-12

And then… mercy, coupled with righteousness {which is still on soak} also leads to LIFE & HONOR. Who doesn’t want life? or to be honored?

And that leads me to some other passages:

4~But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, 5~Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; 6~Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; 7~That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according according to the hope of eternal life. 8~This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. Titus 3:4-8

Our works will never save us. God is the perfect example of this righteousness and mercy existing together, in harmony. His mercy is new each day… but He is also eternally righteous.

It is because of Jesus’ perfect righteousness & mercy

that I can even have a hope of entering heaven.

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But, while our works will not get us to heaven, they WILL glorify God and be profitable.

I don’t know about you… but I want:

~to find more righteousness than I currently have

~to gain eternal life and have treasure [honor] to lay at Jesus’ feet {another thought I didn’t really explore here}

and ~I want my life to be profitable!

So I will continue to soak on “follow after righteousness and mercy”…

….what does this verse speak to you?

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