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Daily Verse: “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.” Prov. 29:2
Sadaq, the Hebrew word for righteousness, means innocent, not guilty of a crime or offense. Jesus took the punishment for our sins and made us righteous, free of guilt. As we follow Christ and mimic His ways, we learn a new way to live. Instead of putting ourselves first, we submit to God, loving Him and others.
As God’s family multiplies and more people put their faith in Christ, relying on Him, people rejoice. We live for a common purpose, striving to improve daily.
But when the wicked rule, following their desires, people groan. Power corrupts people; history shows it repeatedly. Abusing the less fortunate to better themselves, selfish people don’t care who they hurt to get what they want.
Each morning requires a fresh submission. You must decide who you will follow today, God or the world. Sometimes, we make the wrong choice, but thankfully, the Lord’s waiting for us to return to Him.
Stay focused on God and live life to the fullest.
Lord, thank You for Jesus and the righteousness we gain through Him. Please help us stay focused on our purpose as we follow You daily. Let us become better lovers of You and people with each day that passes. IJNIP. Amen