Posts Tagged ‘righteousness’


“Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.” (Proverbs‬ ‭22‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Robert Hanssen was deeply religious, being a devout part of the Opus Dei sect of the Catholic Church. He was also very dedicated, giving almost 25 years of service to the Intelligence Field of the FBI. But what he lacked among his good traits was the most important one – he lacked character. Working as a double-agent for the Soviet Union, he was the most notorious spy in American history, costing many lives and endangering our national security, all for ego and a little more money to live on. 

According to the Bible, there are some things of greater value than riches, and one is relationship. We are not reflectors of God’s goodness because of our income status, political affiliation, or esteemed popularity, but because we simply act like God’s Word says we should. A good reputation only comes from right action, which in turn stems from godly character. 

Abigail Van Buren of “Dear Abby” fame once said concerning Character: ‘The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.’ The Golden Rule still applies! What I will do stems from who I truly am. Let your goodness stem from your godliness! You are loved today! 


You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.” (James 1:19, 20 NLT)

Apparently in the early 1900’s, it was a fashion faux pas to wear a straw hat after September, exchanging it for warmer felt ones. In New York City, 1922, a group of youths hurried the deadline up by a few days and started knocking people’s straw hats off and stomping them, as was the fashion. What resulted was a three day riot that injured many in fistfights around town and many others in jail! The New York Times called it “The Straw Hat Riot”, which was a minor incident but a great emotional hassle.

As the Bible points out, being quick to anger will not produce the righteous effects that God desires to accomplish. Who knew that a minor prank by kids could literally paralyze America’s largest city for days! And while some found it hilarious, God was the loser, because when people react in anger, it’s almost impossible to display God’s compassion and love.

While anger is easy to fall into, it’s also a choice. When others “knock off your hat”, realize that God didn’t prevent it, so He just might be giving you an opportunity to show grace that changes a life! Listen and hear God BEFORE you act! Live and love without needing to apologize! You are loved today!