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Righteousness

“For the Lord is righteous, He loves righteousness; His countenance beholds the upright” Psalm 11:7.

In most of the passages where the word “righteousness” is used in the Old Testament, it refers to the right actions of an individual in his relationship with God. In the New Testament generally, it means the same: conformity to the Divine will but with the thought of a deepened and more spiritual relationship.

This passage has two references: the first has to do with the character of God and the second has to do with our right action toward God; and, of course, we learn about both from His word.

Because of His own righteousness, God has made righteous living a possibility to us through His Son Jesus Christ. He, of course, expects us to perform right actions in our coming to Jesus and in our daily living after we have come to Him. Then His countenance can “behold” our upright behavior.

"Thought for the Week - 08/21/2016" Joe Norton of Arlington, Texas.