Meditation Thought: “Thou hast loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, thy God, has anointed thee with the oil of gladness beyond thy comrades.” (Hebrews 1:9)
Christ is the image of the Father; you are to be the image of Christ.
Do you know the one who you are to contour yourself to? One who loves righteousness so much that He is anointed with the oil of gladness.
Note that gladness does not follow those who covet, nor acquire, nor conquer, nor lead, nor love position, nor are beautiful, nor artistic – people may have some of the desirable qualities and also have gladness – but the gladness comes to those who love righteousness.
If you love righteousness you seek it – you “promote” it, you base your life on this principle.
If you are righteous, you are glad: note that being righteous is not being stuffy, intolerant, insufferable, or overbearing, but glad. It is the joy of gladness which is the attraction of others to you – when they know you well enough to determine that your joyful gladness is a result of righteousness and love of God, who is perfect righteousness, then they are ready to hear your witness to the Truth.
Do not act on your own authority: only when you are filled by the Spirit, acting in response to the Spirit, and seeking to please the Spirit can you do the Fathers will and work, can you be righteous, can you imitate Christ.
When you succeed in imitating Christ in your righteousness, you shall also be a light unto the world in your gladness.
These things are required of you if you are to fulfill this purpose: love of God, discipline, commitment, yielding to the Spirit, and strict adherence to righteousness – not as a duty, but as a joy, knowing that righteousness is the food that nourishes your spirit, as a good diet nourishes your body. Enjoy being righteous , set your will to like what is good for you. Your reward will be great.
Remember you can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth you.