Behave Yourself Wisely

It's amazing how works things together to prick your heart. This weekend I heard a preacher on the radio talk about character. He said character is who you are when no one is watching.

Then I came home and was reading in Psalms.

I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. Psalm 101:2

Having wisdom means knowing how to apply God's Word to the way you live your life. And perfect doesn't mean without fault - it means being mature in the Lord and following His Word. So the two go hand in hand.

If you've determined in your heart to allow God to lead, guide and direct you, it will have an impact on how you live your life. He replaces selfishness with selflessness. He exchanges bitterness with joy. He even takes away the fear in your heart and gives you faith.

That perfect heart, a wise heart that longs for the things of God, motivates you to do things you wouldn't normally do. That's how you know the fleshly you is falling away and being replaced with the soft heart of the Lord's love.

There are also many times when people are watching and you don't even realize it.

And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways; and the LORD was with him. Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him. 1 Samuel 18:14-15

Saul watched David in everyday life, and it was obvious that David was walking with the Lord. He behaved himself in such a way that believers and nonbelievers alike saw a difference in him - something they didn't have or something they wished they had. This is how we draw people to the Lord themselves - just by living a holy life and behaving ourselves well.

And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.  And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured. Genesis 39:2-6

If there's anyone who had the right to be depressed and bitter, it was Joseph. He went through more in those few years of his life than many of us will go through in a lifetime. But even in the midst of strife and hardship, Joseph behaved himself well.

His decision to live for God regardless of the circumstances brought blessings on all those around him. His employers were blessed. His family was blessed. An entire nation was blessed - all because Joseph determined in his heart to behave well.

And that's why he himself was blessed beyond measure. God rewards us when we are faithful to Him. That is just one of the joys of being His child. But making the conscious effort to behave yourself well, whether those around you are or not, brings the greatest blessings of all.

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