Training our children to pursue the right and honorable things in life is sometimes hard to do. Especially for teenagers who have their mind already set on a certain path, or who are making decisions that you know are leading a certain direction, and they do not understand which way it is taking them.
The English Standard Version bible translates, Proverbs 21:21, “Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor.”
The Contemporary English Version has a simple way of translating Proverbs 21:21 this way, “If you try to be kind and good, you will be blessed with life and goodness and honor.”
Sometimes children have a hard time understanding what pursuing righteousness means, righteousness being such a big word and all. That is why the Contemporary English Version is so nice. “Trying to be nice and good” is simple enough anyone can understand.
It does not demand that they have to be perfect, or even expect that they will be perfect, but it gives them a mature mindset, and a reasonable target to hit.
In the society in which we live, where bullying is such a problem, many teens are facing the problem of protecting their honor, as they see it. Proverbs 21:21 teaches that honor is given to those who are, “nice and good” which has nothing to do with defending ones honor by fighting against a bully or thinking of a greater put-down than what was said to them.
Kind and good, is all the requirement God gives to those who want to receive honor.