Numerous times in Scripture the Lord encourages us to “pursue righteousness.” The term righteousness is variously used, sometimes referring to virtuous or obedient living and other times referring to the condition of being made innocent by God and thus acceptable to Him.
The idea is this: The Lord expects us to live a life of obedience and virtue. Additionally, in His grace and mercy, the Lord offers us the only hope we have to be declared innocent. Thus, in a sense, to pursue righteousness is to pursue a life with God now and to dwell in His presence forever!
“The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but He loves him who pursues righteousness” (Prov. 15:9).
“Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor” (Prov. 21:21).
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matt. 5:6).
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