Repent, and turn from all your transgressions, so that iniquity will not be your ruin. (Ezek 18:30b)
I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me! 14 I was on the verge of total ruin, in the midst of the assembly and congregation. (Pro 5:13-14)
The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked, overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness. (Pro 21:12)
A lying tongue hates those who are crushed by it, and a flattering mouth works ruin. (Pro 26:28)
These verses from the Bible demonstrate to mankind that sin (iniquity, transgression, wickedness) brings about the devastation and destruction of a person’s life. Continuous unrelenting sin can wreck homes, relationships, health (mental, physical, spiritual) as well as financial stability.
Whereas the blessings for righteous living can be found throughout the Scriptures. Here are a handful of those blessings:
- Stability and ever increasing strength (Job 17:9)
- God defends the righteous and surrounds them with His favor (Ps 5:11-12)
- Long life; God hears the prayer of the righteous; grants deliverance from trouble; and the Lord guards their very bones. (Ps 34:12-20)
- Deliverance from death, and the upright will never be allowed to famish. (Pro 10:2-3) Famish means: to suffer for lack of something necessary (essential for life).
Those who have made Jesus Christ their Savior and Lord are made righteous in Christ (Ro 1:17; 4:5; 10:4; 1 Cor 1:30; 2 Cor 5:21) and are entitled to all of the blessings of the righteous. We are also privileged to obey and to live according to the moral teachings of Jesus Christ, our Savior.