Righteousness and Peace

   Americans long for peace.  We hear the government say we need to come together in unity so we can have a successful nation.  But everywhere we look on the news there is no peace. There is unrest in the inner cities, wars throughout the world.  The fear of people with knives stabbing people at malls.  Families are dysfunctional and we need more individual aides at schools for kids with emotional problems.  

   We think if we could only accept every kind of behavior in people, there would be peace.  But every kind of behavior in people is not right.  The Oxford dictionary defines “righteousness” as “acting in accord with divine or moral law; free from guilt or sin.”

   Proverbs 14: 34, “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.”  According to God who created this earth and the people in this world, God has standards that people should live by in order that there will be some semblance of peace in this world.  But God requires righteous behavior from people before there will be peace.  Think about all the bad behavior that destroys families, relationships, societies and nations. Can people live righteous and peaceful lives?  Of course they can.  Genesis 4: 6-7, “Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast?  If you do what is right, will you not b ...

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