Righteousness is a word from the Old and New Testaments that speaks to our relationship with God.
David knew God to be the great shepherd that guided him in the paths of righteousness, and then includes “for His name’s sake” (Ps. 23:3).
We are to hunger and thirst for righteousness (Mt. 5:6), our righteousness is to exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees (Mt. 5:20), and we are to seek first His righteousness (Mt. 6:33).
Perhaps, the most significant for Christians shows how Jesus, who knew no sin, was made sin on our behalf so that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (2 Co. 5:21).
These are only a few verses expressing the nature of this word. The guide for our life, food for our soul, ethical character, and priority of life are framed by the righteousness Jesus made possible through His death.
God should trust and the world should know that our choices are for the sake of righteousness. Before any decision is acted upon, consideration of the quality of our righteousness must be considered.
Is it right with God?