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Righteousness:

Proverbs 24:16 offers a profound truth that resonates with the human experience: “For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity.”

This verse serves as a powerful reminder that righteousness is not synonymous with never falling. Rather, it emphasizes the resilience and the right we have, through God’s grace, to rise again, even when we stumble. In **Ezekiel 36**, the Israelites experienced restoration not because of their deeds, but solely by the redemptive power of Jesus’ blood. It is a testament to the boundless grace of God.

Consider the narrative of the prodigal son in **Luke 15**. Beyond the traditional title of ‘The Prodigal Son,’ the true essence lies in understanding it as ‘The Prodigal Love of the Father.’ The word ‘prodigal,’ meaning to squander or be recklessly extravagant, beautifully captures the nature of God’s love. It challenges the world’s perception that deems His love as foolishness. As **1 Corinthians 3:19** states, what the world considers wise, God views as foolish.

 

Challenge Question 1:
 

How does recognizing God’s prodigal love change our perspective on our shortcomings and failures?

 

Challenge Question 2:
 

In what ways can we embrace God’s recklessly extravagant love and extend it to others in our lives?

 

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, thank you for the assurance that my righteousness is not measured by my ability to avoid falls but by the redemptive power of Your love. I declare that, through Jesus, I have the right to rise again. May Your prodigal love reshape my understanding and empower me to extend grace to myself and others. In moments of weakness, may I find strength in the knowledge that Your love is unwavering. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

To learn more on this topic:

Read: Your West Side Story: https://www.lisa-schwarz.com/your-west-side-story/

Watch this YouTube Series: West Side Story: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaMLikcR9YvY8Tn58k1rM-2CxmZzJKvOq&si=BgPHyfA9H1-Yai0j