The Righteous Or Wicked Way: Where Are You Heading?

Good people know about both good and evil: bad people do not know about either.

C.S. Lewis

Travelling is part of my current job. Usually, I transfer from one facility to the next to assist other nurses with tasks that need to be dealt with. Once, there was an instance on one of my journeys that I saw a guy stealing on the ferry. He nonchalantly took a beverage from the fridge and walked away without passing the counter. And I was shocked by this.

Of course, I was dumbfounded to discover this type of scenario in Canada. As a result, this made me realize that no matter where you live in the world, we are all the same – sinners. But, I do not lose hope in humanity, because I know Jesus called everyone to follow Him and some people did answer that call.

Would you condemn that guy who stole the drink out of the fridge? Also, would you be honest enough to admit your own flaws?

Are Christians Good People?

Paul is still true to what he said in Romans 3:10-12. When talking about being a sinner, people who got baptized and became Christian are no different from the rest of humanity. However, the main thing that highlights a significant change, among genuine Christians, is the knowledge of being a sinner and the acknowledgement that Jesus Christ is the only Saviour for all who have sinned.

Bible Reading

Today’s devotional reading is from the book of Psalm 1. Please, read our recent devotional from the same book of Jude 5-7: Each One Will Be Scrutinized According To His Law.

History to Understand God’s Word

The book of Psalm is a compilation of 150 poems, 73 of which were written by King David. King David, is the same David that slew Goliath with a slingshot. The first book of Psalm talks about two contrasting lives, the first is of the faithful, while the latter of the wicked.

The Righteous Way

Psalm 1:1-3

Definitely, Christians are not righteous by themselves. Our righteousness comes from Jesus Christ. It is described in 2 Corinthians 5:21 how Jesus imputed His righteousness to us. How can we live Christ’s uprightness? By walking not with the world, but rather feeding ourselves with the living word of God.

The Wicked Way

Psalm 1:4-6

Again, if you are a person who does not acknowledge and accept the saving grace of God through Jesus Christ, then you are living the wicked way. No matter how good of a person you might consider yourself. Jesus said in Matthew 12:30  “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” 

Also, Psalm 1:5 warns us that a judgement will come and that sinners – that is everyone – will have to face God on that day. In any event, God is impartial and sovereign overall. He sees all your deeds even though you think no one is watching.

(Please visit another devotional on Blessed Is The Man. To know more about Psalm 1:1)

Reflection

This is the time for your journaling. Reflect on these questions. Ask the Holy Spirit to test your faith and your walk with Christ.

Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? — 2 Corinthians 13:5 KJV
  1. Are you a good person? Take the Quiz!
  2. Are you living a worldly life?
  3. Do you acknowledge that you need a saviour?
  4. Do you believe that Jesus is the only saviour who can redeem you?
  5. How often do you read your Bible? Let us help!
  6. What is hindering you from believing in Jesus? We’ll be happy to listen and help where we can.
  7. Are you ready to accept Jesus? Accept Jesus Now.

Prayer

Almighty Father, who is sovereign of all. We humbly ask for your mercy on the deeds that go against your will. Moreover, may the Holy Spirit guide and reprove the ways we take that we might not be falling away from you.

Lord Jesus, thank you for your sacrifice on the cross. Additionally, we thank You for saving us even when we did not know that we need a saviour. May your love be always in us and may we able to share it with others.

All these we pray in Jesus’ saving name. Amen.

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