“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
King James Version (KJV)
Sunday Levinus Alaka's comment on 2020-08-08 07:30:09:
"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." In this simple verse, we see established a rule, or standard, composed of two alternatives.
There is no middle ground. There are two factors, each with its own effect.
The target of this phrase is no specific nation, but its meaning clearly applies to all nations, and that includes Nigeria. Therefore, it is important for us, as Nigerians, to measure ourselves, especially in these challenging times. We should ask ourselves which of these two factors we now embrace, whether righteousness or sin.
Notice in the verse that this is not a past or future condition, but it is a current evaluation of our plight. The verse does not say that our past righteousness will exalt us today or tomorrow, nor does it say that our current sin will one day in the distant future be a reproach. No, the tense is clear that the righteousness of a nation exalts now, and likewise the sin of a nation is a reproach now. And we are not given a middle ground. Each nation is either one or the other, but not both. We can choose our own way or God's, but not both. We can ascend into the mountain of God or stay in the valley, but not both.
And this leaves us with an implied choice that any nation, no matter what era they are birthed, or mythos of origin, or how many bloodstained battlefields for righteous facts, raises or falls by who it is today.
Raphael Aminu Echioda's comment on 2015-03-14 02:31:25:
When someone has the fear of God in him her,you will have access to the secret place of the most high God. But sin is deny you of going to His presence. Just like when you offend your fellow you will be shame of request something from him her your sin will hinder you and even been obstacle.
Pastor Emmanuel John's comment on 2014-11-27 02:13:46:
Righteousness denotes godly judgment followed by godly actions or reactions in all matters. It is not just doing things right, but doing the right things in the fear of God, that is, guided by the word of God. Sin is a reproach or degrading any people. It shifts from "nation " to people, as nation implies an entire country and people covers individuals, groups, and associations.
REV.SEFADZI ADISU-KUWADAH's comment on 2014-10-25 13:05:04:
when ever you sin your inner man conscience will condem you and you will feel shy and unworthy to approach GOD in prayer but whenever you are in the will of GOD and living by GODS standards you feel bold and confident in approaching GOD in prayer