“Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.”_ Psalm 37:37
Every choice leads to a particular destination. Each day, the little decisions, actions and words we speak gradually lead to a destination. And our text shows that the destination of the upright man is peace and success. Such a person is prosperous (successful in all he does), healthy, enjoys tranquility. To “mark” is to observe keenly. How do you mark or keenly observe the upright man? These are some areas to observe him.
First, his love, affection and passion for God and His Kingdom.
That’s to say his spiritual life is vital to him. They value it more than anything else in his life. He values his relationship and fellowship with the Lord above any fame, wealth or material gain.
They will never sacrifice their values and convictions about God or His word for their personal comfort or find excuses to justify acting in ungodly ways.
They seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.
Second, they ardently love and pursue righteousness and therefore hate sin. Though, they are humanly speaking, not perfect, they allow for God’s grace to work in them through humility, obedience and faith . God’s love has enveloped his heart. He loves God and people.
Third, the word of God becomes their final authority and standard in all things. *Therefore their response to challenges is out of hope and faith based on Jesus Christ, not fear or carnal uncertainties.* He is willing to be wronged, and does not pay back evil for evil. Instead, they persist in overcoming evil with goodness.
Fourth, this kind of person is determined and ready, 0 to live uprightly despite seemingly difficult challenges. He doesn’t serve God only when it is convenient. He relies on God’s ability all the time.
Therefore, observe the righteous person; he is filled with the Holy Spirit and the Spirit is his help in all things.
Whenever you keenly observe the righteous, you will see that they are consistent, readily accept their faults and take responsibility. They live out their lives and conduct themselves according to the word of God.
A righteous person will not deliberately act in disobedience to God’s word and still seek to justify doing so.
What you constantly do can be used to predict whether you’ll succeed or fail.
An input of constant rebellion, willful disobedience and unyielding stance will lead us nowhere in God’s agenda.
There is only one end for the righteous; and that’s a successful end. This successful end has to do with running our race well, not deviating or backsliding along the way and remaining so to the end. It is beginning in the spirit and ending in the spirit.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always.