The Marks of the Righteous – Ed Lapiz
1. The righteous person has wisdom with words. A person can be scholarly, but not necessarily righteous. If the hearers become upset, agitated, the words are not coming from a righteous person. The truly righteous don’t just talk, ask
2. The plans of the righteous are just, but the advice of the wicked is deceitful. They don’t withhold good from those who deserve it.
3. The righteous care about justice for the poor.
4. The righteous hate what is false and detest the dishonest.
5. The righteous man leads an upright and blameless life. Ultimately, the lifestyle becomes the test of righteousness, not eloquence, nor fame. The children of the righteous are blessed. It’s sad how many parents make the mistakes of stealing, practicing corruption and taking advantage of the weak, in order to give their children a good life.
6. Generosity is another mark of righteousness. The righteous knows that when he gives to those who are in deeper need, there’s a God in heaven who will provide for his needs. Others couldn’t help the needy because they worry too much about tomorrow. Even if a person is a great scholar and he’s not generous, it’s doubtful whether he’s righteous.
7. The righteous are bold. They speak with power – because the truth is powerful. Righteousness will always prevail because God is righteous and He reigns. How can you be apologetic with the truth? Sometimes, there’s a price to pay for boldness. But there’s even a higher price to pay for silence when one should have spoken.