The word righteousness has a lot of importance in the Bible and has been used hundreds of time. The Bible says that God loves righteousness and that God is righteous. So what does the word righteous mean and why is it so important according to the Bible?
According to the dictionary righteousness mean the quality of being morally right or justifiable. Righteousness is a relationship, righteousness is a lifestyle. The Bible says that God leads us in the path of righteousness (Psalm 23) and one day God is going to judge the world in righteousness and practicing righteousness is the only way into the kingdom of God.
The Biblical meaning of Righteousness simply means being right with God. Romans 1:17 says, “The Good News shows how God makes people right with himself” (NCV). The Good News is that God made us right with himself through Jesus’ death as a payment for our sins. Because of Jesus’ death, we can have a personal relationship with God.
Righteousness is a lifestyle. It means living right as God intends. The Bible says in 1 John 2:29, “All who practice righteousness are God’s true children” (MSG).
So why should you care about being right with God? Because it’s the only way to live, and it’s the only way to Heaven.
When you are disconnected from God, you’re not really living; you just exist. Most people in the world aren’t really fully alive. They just exist, trying to make it to the weekend. But to be disconnected from your Creator who made you for a purpose is nonsense.
Life is not about the acquisition of things or the achievement of goals. Life is about getting to know God — the one who loves you and made you for a purpose. You’re not really living until you’re right with God and have a relationship with him.
Righteousness is also the way you get to Heaven. God created Heaven as a place for his children that he loves, and he wants you to be with him forever. He wants you to be in Heaven, but he’s not going to force you to go to Heaven. You can choose to be disconnected from God here on Earth, but when your life on Earth is done, you will not have a second chance to choose where you spend eternity.
You can’t blame God, because he gives you the choice right now to have a relationship with him. He wants you to choose to love him! And when you do, you will be made right with him. It will change your life, here on Earth and for eternity!
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
1 John 2:29
If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.