I love the Amplified definition for righteousness. It is conforming our thoughts, purpose, and actions to God’s will. A betrayer thought is the exact opposite. It opposes God’s will.
What is God’s will? Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” Note the words wise and unwise.
Where do we get wisdom? Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” Proverbs 2:6-7 says, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly.”
Isaiah 32:17 says, “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.” Our thoughts come from our heart which is our belief center. What we believe influences our thoughts.
Our calling is to walk in righteousness. That is how we exemplify the Lord is every aspect of our lives. Romans 1:17 says of the gospel of Christ, “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Are you a living example of the gospel? Is His power evident in your life? Are your fruit-words succulent or bitter?
Proverbs 11:30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.”