8158 righteousness, of believers

8158 righteousness, of believers

A sincere desire to please God by keeping his law is both commanded and approved by him. However, human fallibility means that true righteousness must be the product of the Holy Spirit’s work in the believer.

Righteousness includes keeping the laws of God

Dt 6:25; Job 27:6; 1Jn 3:7 See also Ge 6:9 Noah; Ge 18:19 Abraham; Dt 6:17-18; 1Ki 3:6 David; 1Ki 15:11; 2Ch 31:20 Hezekiah; Ps 7:8; Ps 15:1-5; Ps 17:1; Ps 32:11; Ps 45:7; Isa 26:7-9; Isa 48:18; Isa 51:1; Hos 14:9; Lk 2:25 Simeon; Ac 4:19; 2Co 6:14; 2Ti 3:15-16

God requires righteousness of his people

Am 5:24; Mt 6:33 See also Isa 1:16-17; Isa 56:1; Jer 22:3; Hos 10:12; Zep 2:3; Mt 5:6; Eph 6:14; 1Ti 6:11; 2Ti 2:22

God loves those who are righteous

Ps 146:8; Pr 15:9; Jas 1:20 See also Ps 1:5-6; Ps 14:5; Ps 33:5; Ps 37:6,28-30; Ps 106:3; Pr 10:16

The righteous receive blessing from God

Pr 12:28; Mt 13:43 See also Ps 5:12; Ps 34:15 the Lord watches over them; Ps 37:16-17; Ps 55:22; Ps 92:12; Ps 112:4; Pr 10:2-3,6-7,16,29-32 they are secure; Pr 11:4-6; Isa 3:10; Isa 33:15-16; Da 12:3; Jas 5:16 their prayers are effective

The righteous may suffer for their faith

Mt 5:10 See also Ps 94:21; Isa 57:1; Am 2:6; Am 5:12; 1Pe 3:14

See also

1620beatitudes, the
3233Holy Spirit & sanctification
5380law and gospel
6744sanctification
7150righteous, the
7449slavery, spiritual
8201blamelessness
8266holiness
8453obedience
8460pleasing God
8794persecution
8823self-righteousness