"...He loves him who pursues righteousness."
"The Lord is my shepherd,
I shall not want,
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside waters of rest;
He restores my soul,
He guides me in the tracks of righteousness
For His name's sake."
The Kingdom and Righteousness
"For I say to you, that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven."
"...they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. For not knowing about God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end (or goal) of the law of righteousness to everyone who believes."
"...for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit."
"Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Thy throne."
The Stark Reality for All of Us
"...in Thy sight no man living is righteous."
"...all our deeds are filthy rags."
"There is none righteous, not even one;
There is none who understands,
There is none who seeks for God;
All have turned aside, together they have become useless;
There is none who does good,
There is not even one.
...And the path of peace have they not known.
There is no fear of God before their eyes."
Romans 3:10-12, 17, 18
"...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..."
"If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
1 John 1:8, 9
"By His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, both righteousness and sanctification, and redemption."
2 Corinthians 1:30
"He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God."
2 Corinthians 5:21
We are seeking God's kingdom and His righteousness. But where is righteousness? How do we recognize it? How do we learn righteousness?
"I bring near My righteousness... "
"Great and marvelous are Thy works,
O Lord God, the Almighty;
Righteous and true are Thy ways,
O King of the nations.
Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Thy name?
For Thou alone art holy;
For all the nations will come and worship before Thee,
For Thy righteous acts have been revealed."
Revelation 15:3, 4
"The Lord is righteous in all His ways..."
All God's ways, all God's works, all God's judgments are righteousness in action.
"Let Thy work appear to Thy servants,
And Thy majesty to their children..."
"Make me know Thy ways, O Lord;
Teach me Thy paths."
"Thou dost meet him who rejoices in doing righteousness,
Who remembers Thee in Thy ways."