He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake
You became the righteousness of God in Christ the moment you received Jesus into your life (2Cor 5:21). What comes next is learning to walk in that righteousness; David gave us an insight through this Holy Spirit inspired psalm. To walk in God’s righteousness and not yours, you must be led through the Holy Spirit in your human spirit.
Every decision we make is inspired by either our spirit or flesh; as Christians we must learn to put our flesh under and let the spirit lead us more. What I mean is we should make a conscious effort to choose to be led by our spirit not flesh. Your spirit is the real you and it houses God’s Spirit which means you must learn to walk in the spirit everyday. It is just like learning to walk as a child, you make mistakes along the line but you get up an continue trying.
God’s righteousness is not like man in anyway therefore doing what you know is right in eyes of men will not always be the right thing for a child of God. You can notice this when you do or say something you that felt right at that moment but a few minutes later you regret your actions? That feeling of regret is from the Holy Spirit convicting you of His righteousness by letting you know you are better than that response or reaction. When you feel the urge to reply insult with insult remember that’s your flesh not your spirit at work. Choose to say No to it and instead follow what your spirit would do which will be walking in righteousness.
Jesus said we should seek God’s kingdom and righteousness (Matt 6:33) everyday. Focus on doing what the Holy Spirit leads you to do because he will always lead you in God’s righteousness. There are many ways we fulfill the desires of our flesh and self righteousness; one of the most popular ways is acting in anger.
For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God
When you talk or act out of anger more often than not you make the wrong decision. You end up doing something or saying something you regret not long after. This goes from something as minor as replying someone that offended you in a bad or even in a honest way, to reacting violently to being provoked. James lets us understand that mans wrath can never produce the righteousness of God (James 1:20). This means we are likely to act out of character when angry than when calm. Therefore whenever you are angry resist the urge to reply or lash out, you may think it makes you look weak or stupid but No it doesn’t, all it does is make you show your real nature to whoever offended you. Paul said we should be angry but sin not (Eph 4:26). Learn to be slow to react at all times it helps you walk in God’s righteousness. A fruit of the spirit is self control and controlling your reaction to emotions stirred in you is very important.
Whenever you resist the urge to act out of anger you open the door for the your spirit to lead you into righteousness as pertaining that situation. God does not require anything from you that you are not capable of giving, he puts it in you first then helps you work it out everyday (Phil 2:12b-13). Live above the worlds definition of right and wrong and grow in the righteousness of God everyday.
Thought of the week: Walking in righteousness is a decision we make daily. Walk in righteousness because that is who you are.