Why is matters: The most difficult thing in life to control is our tongue. What we say makes a difference. Words spoken in anger or cynicism can hurt beyond repair. Will we spread destruction every time we speak? Will we knowingly hurt others?
God’s goal for us is for us to speak with love and compassion. With God’s Holy Spirit in us we can be wise. We can restrain our negative comments and use common sense. May we speak the common sense of God and be preserved.
With his mouth the ungodly destroys his neighbor,
but through knowledge the righteous are rescued. | Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Pr 11:9). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
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. Thus, 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 (Psalm 33:18–22).