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  • Bayo Afolaranmi
    Dearly Beloved, BENEFITS OF BEING RIGHTEOUS Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 25, 2012
      Dearly Beloved,


      "Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered
      forever. He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting
      in the Lord" (Psalm 112:6-7 NIV).

      More and more people are becoming religious especially in this part of the
      world. However, it is becoming more difficult to find righteous people who
      really fear God in his day-to-day activities. In spite of this fact, the
      writer of Psalm 112 enumerated some of the benefits that a righteous man
      would enjoy.

      Who is a righteous man? Firstly, a righteous man is a person that is
      uncompromising. He is principled and is known for what he stands for. He is
      indeed purpose-driven. Secondly, a righteous man is a person that is
      upright and just in his dealings. While he may not necessarily be
      blameless, he must be trustworthy and of good reputation. Thirdly, a
      righteous man is a person that is in right standing with God. He must be
      somebody into whom God has imputed His righteousness in Jesus Christ and he
      is living in a way that is pleasing to God.

      Building on the end of the previous psalm, the writer of Psalm 112, in
      verse one, said that one who fears the LORD and delights in His Law is
      blessed. Five blessings or benefits that come to one who is righteous and
      fears God are enumerated: Firstly, the righteous is blessed with physical
      and material prosperity because God is righteous (verses 2-3). Secondly,
      light is given even in darkness for the righteous (verse 4). This could
      refer to success (in place of failure) or to discernment. Thirdly, the
      receives goodness in return for being generous and just (verses 5 and 9).
      Fourthly, he will be firmly established in his faith, and unshakable with
      no fear of what man might do to him (verses 6-8). In fact, the righteous'
      memory will be eternal and blessed (cf. Proverbs 10:7). Fifthly, because
      the righteous gives generously and is just in his affairs (verses 5 and 9),
      he will be made strong and honourable by the LORD.

      Undoubtedly, everyone would want to enjoy all of these benefits. However,
      how many people are ready to be righteous and genuinely fear God? How many
      people are uncompromising, upright and are in right standing with God? It
      may seem as if it does not pay to be righteous in this present-day society,
      but it really pays to be righteous and genuinely fear God.

      In His service,

      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).

      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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      "I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have
      sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body,
      whether by life or by death. FOR TO ME, TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS
      GAIN" (Philippians 1:20-21, NIV).

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