Choosing Righteousness Part Two

Yesterday I started to read the book of Hebrews. Look at these two verses. 1:8-9 says, “…a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”
 
Amplified says, “…(You have delighted in integrity, virtue, and uprightness in purpose, thought, and action)…”
 
I thought about gladness. Jesus loved righteousness and because of that was anointed with the oil of gladness. Gladness shown on His countenance. We are to walk as Jesus walked. 1 John 2:6 says, “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk as He walked.”
 
Thoughts of gloom, darkness, and woe is me means that we have suppressed the truth of righteousness. We have allowed our flesh to rule our thoughts.
 
Here is a great question: do I love righteousness? Jesus did. Here is another: do I love sin? Jesus hated sin. Paul said in Romans 6:1-2, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” Nothing can stimulate dead things.
 
In walking as Jesus walked, He did not sin with His thoughts nor was deceit in His mouth. Consider your thoughts. When we love righteousness, we will speak truth in our heart, and walk in truth.
 
When tempted to be gloomy, we have a choice. We can dialogue with it and spiral down into darkness, or we can align (conform) our thoughts by bringing His word into our next thought, rising up to center on Him.
 
Psalm 104:34 says, “May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the Lord.”

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