(Pro 21:21 KJV) He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
I have noticed that I tend to get a lot less in the way of speeding tickets than my wife. That is based on one genuine difference. She speeds and I don’t. In reality it goes even deeper than that. I try to be aware of the speed limits and keep checking my speedometer. Because of that I don’t need to slow down when I see a cop car. I don’t think she ever looks at that dial unless she is wanting to gloat about what she is getting away with.
I realize that you can’t build a case for my “righteousness” based on such a thing but I think that the principle is part of what Solomon is going with in this verse. I came across this line in The Screwtape Letters,
“All mortals tend to turn into the thing they are pretending to be.” page 50Lewis was using it in the negative sense but the concept is worth thinking about.
So? Keep your goal in mind when you decide how to act.
Lewis, C.S. The Screwtape Letters. Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 2002.