7. Fake righteousness
Righteousness is the currency in which God deals and all believers trade in this currency and no other. That the believer is made righteous in God through Jesus Christ is attested to by many scriptures, and Paul says this, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.” (Philippians 3:9) This is true righteousness, which is both the character of God’ sinless perfection as well as the derivative of God’s provision through Christ. “Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the redemption of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.” (Romans 3:24-25) This is the righteousness the believers seek in their pursuit of the things of God as they elevate their gaze from the earthly to the heavenly, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33) This then is true righteousness which is not of ourselves but is of God and flows from that divine relationship and impacts everything we do and identifies who we are.
Righteousness is so vital to both individuals as well as whole countries that the Bible elevates it to a level where it becomes a necessary characteristic for wholesome development, “Righteousness exalteth