Success is something that most people aspire to. Of course, that looks different for everyone. But some of the stepping stones toward success are lined out here in Proverbs.
“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty. A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare. The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right. The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.” Proverbs 21:5-8
Diligence, truthfulness, gentleness, right conduct all enter into the picture. In Galatians, we see a listing as well: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are referred to as the fruit of the Spirit and they certainly help us be successful. The bottom line is that good character leads to success.
And what is true success?
Knowing Christ and making Him known.
There is nothing more important.
Lord, thank You that Your Word gives us character qualities to strive for. Help us to interweave these into our lives.