Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Proverbs 20:7: The righteous who walks in his integrity – blessed are his children after him! (ESV)
How could our children be abundantly blessed while we are still living – and more so after we have left this world? Some people think that by leaving them with a huge inheritance of money, business enterprises, and real estate is correct answer. However, the reality is that children of godly men usually will be blessed with greater wisdom and favor from God regardless of their status or economic positions.
Proverbs 20:7 tells us that the best thing we can do for our children is to live with integrity because godliness should first and foremost be exhibited in the home and modelled through our daily living. Living life with integrity refers to a person who walks the talk and not just talks the talk. They live by the fear of God, and faith in Christ, and keeping all the commandments. They do what is right and holy in the sight of God. Their focus and affections are set on heaven above, constantly seeking the Lord with their whole beings and daily crucify their sinful lusts with Christ.
They are not self-righteous. They do not have a high opinion or inflated ego of themselves. They gladly condescend to men of low estate (Romans 12: 16); to love and serve in any way and every way they can. They rejoice in God’s forgiveness of their sins and readily forgive others because of the grace they have received from God. They frequently examine their hearts and reject all kinds of sinful attributes such as bitterness, pride, envy, jealousy etc.
They know their relationships with others are one of God’s measures. They carefully and fervently fulfil their duties to the church, employers, parents, wives, and children. They are encouragers and peacemakers to the people around them.
Psalm 112:1-2 – “Praise the LORD! How joyful are those who fear the LORD and delight in obeying his commands? Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.”
May we be wise parents, teaching and imparting the things of God to our children. Let us also learn to walk our talk so that they may learn from us by our examples. Let us grasp the promise of this proverb. Live humbly and walk justly before God, and our children will be blessed according to the wisdom of Proverbs 20:7.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Help us to live with integrity every day of our life. We thank you for Jesus who is our perfect example. Help us each day to walk in such a way that we will be worthy witnesses for Jesus to the people around us. Grant us strength to lead our lives with integrity especially pertaining to our words, actions, and conduct.
In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen
Ps. Wallace Ong