Righteous. In a good way.

Through the good news the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” Rom. 1:17

“Righteousness” is one of those words that has been tainted in the Christian world. Righteousness is not about reinventing ourselves according to some abstract, external moral code because the righteous God gets really angry if we don’t. The broadest definition of “dikaiosynē,” the Greek word translated as “righteousness,” means “the state of him who is as he ought to be.” N.T. Wright says that it “denotes not so much the abstract idea of justice or virtue, as right standing and consequent right behavior, within a community.” In that sense one could look at it like this: each person becomes who God created them to be, the community exists in mutual love, respect, and recognition of each one as genuine creations of God, and, consequently, people treat one another with His intentions. One could also look at it as how we view the Father, the Son, and the Spirit and how we experience His loving restoration of us to our righteous selves. This transformation results in a seeing as we ought to see, being as we ought to be, not out of fear but out of our genuine selves.

Lord, help me to be as You you made me to be and to treat people as you intend me to treat them.