Author: Lyn Meter
You tell your children to sit down, stand up, be quiet, be still, stop talking, say something, go to sleep, get up, go to school, come home, eat your vegetables, behave, etc., but have you ever told your child to “be righteous?” Proverbs 11 uses the word “righteous” at least 11 times. To be righteous means to be upright and to be just in our dealings with others. The author of this proverb uses the example of accurate scales in commerce and business, to use a proper standard of conduct, to follow a straight path, to be honest and “right” in all of our dealings with those we deal with everyday. In other words, don’t cheat.
The Psalmists tell us that God’s righteousness can be spoken, sung, proclaimed, declared, revealed and demonstrated.
Righteousness is not just about behaving yourself, righteousness is grounded in the very character of God. God IS righteousness and it is God alone who credits righteousness to you and to me and to our children.
So, the next time you decide to tell your children to “be righteous” instead of telling them to behave, tell them they’re in good company with people like Noah and Abraham, and that their righteousness is a very special gift from God.