1 John 2:29 “If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him”.
Righteousness is a big word in the Bible. It’s used hundreds of times. The Bible says that God loves righteousness and that God is righteous. It says that one day God is going to judge the world in righteousness. Psalm 23 says that God leads us in the paths of righteousness. So what in the world does this word mean?
Righteousness is a relationship and a lifestyle. Righteousness simply means being right with God. Romans 1:17 says, “The Good News shows how God makes people right with himself” . 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 also 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” 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. 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.
We can’t blame God, if we don’t because He gives us the choice right now to have a relationship with him. He wants us to choose to love Him with all our heart. And when we do, we will be made right with him. We will have the Righteousness that only He can give us through Christ who is our savior and Redeemer