“Because of his grace he declared us righteous and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life” (Titus 3:7, NLT).

The word “righteous” means virtuous or morally upright and is often paired with “self.” It is usually used in reference to Christians who take a stand for what they believe is right. While Christians could do this in a kinder, gentler way, it’s unfortunate how misguided zeal and righteous indignation have cast a shadow on what righteousness really is and where it comes from.

The word means so much more than the description in the dictionary. God is the only one who is truly righteous. He is the best and the brightest, the glorious shining one whose goodness is like a blinding light to us. In his love and grace and because of what Jesus did, he gives us some of his righteousness. We do nothing to obtain it and cannot maintain it except through our union with him, which the Spirit strengthens and deepens as we continue to stay close and trust him. May we only and ever be accused of being God-righteous.