Be Right Or Be Righteous

How many times have you wanted to be right? Often times in life situations occur and you know without a doubt you’re the one who is wrong. I can remember as a teenager going and eating frozen strawberries which I loved. I was told by mother to not eat any of the strawberries she had picked, cleaned and frozen. Well, you always think nobody will know if you just eat a few. What was so stupid is I ate them on the front stoop. The juice from the berries as they thawed stained the steps and my cloths. Now this is not the end of the story. My parents came home from work and confronted me Instead of being righteous I wanted to be right. I lied and I suffered the consequences for my choice to be right.

The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.Psalms 34:19 NIV
Ill-gotten treasures have no lasting value, but righteousness delivers from death.Proverbs 10:2 NIV

Being right doesn’t bring you what your desire – it just may bring you what you never wanted. There is a Bible story about a man named King David who had an affair with a women named Bathsheba. Her husband Uriah was at war as a captain in the king’s army. David gazed upon Bathsheba with a lustful desire and had her summonsed. Bathsheba became pregnant and when Uriah returned home the King was intent on getting him to sleep with his wife. But Uriah refused to go home and sleep with his wife. He slept that night at the place entrance. If Uriah slept with his wife then she could have claimed that Uriah was the legal father. In trying to being right, a person may have many troubles. (2 Samuel 11-12)

King David summons Joab the Military leader to place Uriah in the front of the battle, which he did and Uriah was killed. The Lord sent the Prophet Nathan to confront David. David thought Nathan was speaking his prophetic word about someone else. But Nathan pronounced death upon the one who committed this sin. Then Nathan exposed the guilty one, David of his sin. David repented of his sin, Psalms 51. Even though he repented the Lord allowed death to come to the child conceived by him and Bathsheba.

Truly, is it worth it to be right?

It wasn’t right for me to eat the strawberries or King David to lay with Bathsheba. When you are confronted about something you know you have done be righteous and confess the truth then the Lord can deliver you from death. As for me I experienced getting one of the worst spanking I had ever received from my father. He didn’t like liars. He didn’t speak to me for sometime. The Lord delivered me from this sin; I never lied to my father again.

King David and Bathsheba had a son by the name of Solomon. God brought deliverance to his household. We have a choice to be right or be righteous. Being right may look right but it may not give you the best out come. Jesus was a righteous man and for those of us who love Him, we should always strive to live upright. For your eternal reward means more than an earthly one. Right standing with God is a gift. Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor. (Proverb 21:21) He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. Right standing doesn’t mean we are perfect. You and I are only righteous because God says we are. Remember who you are in Christ when it comes to being right or righteous.