What is Righteousness?

“the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day.” (Proverbs 4:18)

“The work of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever.” (Isaiah 32:17)

” Righteousness is our birthright as we become children of God. Jesus has become righteousness in me..

Romans 3:22 (NIV)
22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.

Even as we receive Righteousness through our faith in Jesus as our righteousness, so also must we walk in righteousness by demonstrating it by our actions and interactions with others.

Jesus admonished us to demonstrate that righteousness by acts of righteousness.

What are “acts of righteousness”? It may be as simple as what some would consider the seemingly silly idea of WWJD (what would Jesus do?) that was popular 20 years ago. The idea is not so silly. It is our response to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to imitate Jesus as a part of our sanctification process of making us more like Jesus.

But, Jesus takes righteousness to another level.


(Righteousness continued)

Exceptional Righteousness

Matthew 5:20 “except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the Kingdom of Heaven”.

Exceptional righteousness is heart righteousness. That means it involves our intent as much as our actions. The Scribes and Pharisees were only concerned with their outward appearance of righteousness. Jesus condemned them for not having heart righteousness.

Our righteousness must be heart righteousness. Nothing should be done for others to see and judge our righteousness. They will see the acts but they cannot see our intent. Only God judges intent which involves our motives more than the acts themselves.

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