Some things smell pretty bad.
And then, there is a rotten stench. Just a plain putrid smell.
It is disgusting. We gag. We puke. None of this is good.
That is the way of a wicked life.
God’s goal for us is that we live a righteous, good and honest life. God wants us to serve Him with honor. He wants us to be in right standing with Him in all we know and do.
An honest life is important in all we do.
How do we want to be remembered? What will our memorial look like? What will it say?
The remembrance of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot. | Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Pr 10:7). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
God wants us to pursue righteousness. Dictionaries define righteousness as “behavior that is morally justifiable or right.” Such behavior is characterized by accepted standards of morality, justice, virtue, or uprightness. The Bible’s standard of human righteousness is God’s own perfection in every attribute, every attitude, every behavior, and every word.
God’s laws, as given in the Bible, both describe His own character and constitute the plumb line by which He measures human righteousness.
The Greek New Testament word for “righteousness” primarily describes conduct in relation to others, especially with regards to the rights of others in business, in legal matters, and beginning with relationship to God. It is contrasted with wickedness, the conduct of the one who, out of gross self-centeredness, neither reveres God nor respects man.
The Bible describes the righteous person as just or right, holding to God and trusting in Him
- Amos 5:24 (CSB) — 24 But let justice flow like water, and righteousness, like an unfailing stream.
- Matthew 6:33 (CSB) — 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
- Isaiah 1:16–17 (CSB) — 16 “Wash yourselves. Cleanse yourselves. Remove your evil deeds from my sight. Stop doing evil. 17 Learn to do what is good. Pursue justice. Correct the oppressor. Defend the rights of the fatherless. Plead the widow’s cause.
- Isaiah 56:1 (CSB) — 1 This is what the Lord says: Preserve justice and do what is right, for my salvation is coming soon, and my righteousness will be revealed.
- Jeremiah 22:3 (CSB) — 3 This is what the Lord says: Administer justice and righteousness. Rescue the victim of robbery from his oppressor. Don’t exploit or brutalize the resident alien, the fatherless, or the widow. Don’t shed innocent blood in this place.
- Hosea 10:12 (CSB) — 12 Sow righteousness for yourselves and reap faithful love; break up your unplowed ground. It is time to seek the Lord until he comes and sends righteousness on you like the rain.
- Zephaniah 2:3 (CSB) — 3 Seek the Lord, all you humble of the earth, who carry out what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be concealed on the day of the Lord’s anger.
- Matthew 5:6 (CSB) — 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
- Ephesians 6:14 (CSB) — 14 Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest,
- 1 Timothy 6:11 (CSB) — 11 But you, man of God, flee from these things, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.
- 2 Timothy 2:22 (CSB) — 22 Flee from youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.