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Summary: To show that GOD rewards those who are seekers of righteousness, mercy and loving-kindness, and GOD adds more currency of Heaven to the seeker of righteousness such as life and honor

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you craving after righteousness?

Yes. I like all people to be saved.

1 Timothy 2:4 (Amplified Bible)

Who wishes all men to be saved and [increasingly] to perceive and recognize and discern and know precisely and correctly the [divine] Truth.

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers/unbelievers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that GOD rewards those who are seekers of righteousness, mercy and loving-kindness, and GOD adds more currency of Heaven to the seeker of righteousness such as life and honor

IV. TEXT:

Proverbs 21:21 (Amplified Bible)

He who earnestly seeks after and craves righteousness, mercy, and loving-kindness will find life in addition to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) and honor.

V. THESIS:

Praise, worship, glorify, adore, bless, honor, acknowledge and thank You very much LORD JESUS for the LORD JESUS seeks first His Kingdom and Righteousness, then all these things are given to me the vessel of GOD's Kingdom and GOD's Righteousness.

Matthew 6:33 (Amplified Bible)

But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.

VI. TITLE:

Crave after righteousness

VII. EXPLICATION:

VIII. MAIN BODY:

Proverbs 21:21 (Amplified Bible)

He who earnestly seeks after and craves righteousness, mercy, and loving-kindness will find life in addition to righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) and honor.

Proverbs 21:21 (King James Version)

He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.

A. Follow after righteousness, mercy and loving-kindness

"He who earnestly seeks after and craves righteousness, mercy, and loving-kindness"

Hebrews 12:14 (Amplified Bible)

Strive to live in peace with everybody and pursue that consecration and holiness without which no one will [ever] see the Lord.

Philippians 3:12 (Amplified Bible)

Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own.

Proverbs 15:9 (Amplified Bible)

The way of the wicked is an abomination, extremely disgusting and shamefully vile to the Lord, but He loves him who pursues righteousness (moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation).

1 Thessalonians 5:21 (Amplified Bible)

But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast.

1 Timothy 6:11 (Amplified Bible)

But as for you, O man of God, flee from all these things; aim at and pursue righteousness (right standing with God and true goodness), godliness (which is the loving fear of God and being Christlike), faith, love, steadfastness (patience), and gentleness of heart.

2 Timothy 2:22 (Amplified Bible)

Shun youthful lusts and flee from them, and aim at and pursue righteousness (all that is virtuous and good, right living, conformity to the will of God in thought, word, and deed); [and aim at and pursue] faith, love, [and] peace (harmony and concord with others) in fellowship with all [Christians], who call upon the Lord out of a pure heart.


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