Proverbs 21:21: “Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.” In this verse alone, living in righteousness has life, prosperity and honor as rewards. Living righteously means performing acts pleasing to God, such as keeping the commandments and living his will in our lives. The Apostle Paul tells us that God will reward every man according to his works; those who persevere in working well, he will give eternal life.

Scriptures instruct what the Lord requires: to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God. Jesus Himself affirmed that if we love him, we keep his commandments. “He that loves me shall be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” John 14:21

Blessedness is promised in the Beatitudes that Jesus gave on the Mount. A Christian writer Mary Fairchild paraphrased the sayings, as follows:

Blessed are those who humbly recognize their need for God, for they will enter into his kingdom.

Blessed are those who mourn for their sins, for they shall receive forgiveness and life eternal.

Blessed are those who submit to God as Lord, for they will inherit everything he possesses.

Blessed are those who passionately long for Christ, for he will satisfy their souls.

Blessed are those who show mercy through forgiveness, kindness, and compassion, for they will receive mercy.

Blessed are those who have been purified from the inside out, being made clean and holy, for they will see God.

Blessed are those who have been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ and bring this same message of reconciliation to others. All who have peace with God are his children.

Blessed are those daring enough to openly live for Christ and suffer persecution, for they will receive the kingdom of heaven.

Biblical promises for those who are obedient to God, are these, among others: all nations are blessed; he will not bring  on us diseases; he will be an enemy to our enemies and oppose those who oppose us; we and our children are blessed and may live long in the land the Lord God gives; he keeps his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands; and prolong our life many years and bring us prosperity.

Whatever we do that is honorable and commendable, God will reward. We will inherit the kingdom if we have done these things: feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, welcoming the stranger, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick, visiting the imprisoned and burying the dead; and other works directed to the good of souls. God will always bless the righteous and cover him with favor. They may have afflictions but the Lord will deliver them. He will always protect them. Proverbs 3:33-35: “The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the dwelling of the righteous. Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor. The wise will inherit honor….”

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