As evident in the following verses, the fruit of righteousness can be seen. DO RIGHTEOUSNESS. As the Lord does righteousness, so do we. We all want to awake in His likeness one day and not in the likeness of the enemy of God!
Psalm 17:15 “As for me, I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.” David was a man after God’s heart and he knew that only those with the righteous likeness of God can awake before Him. How else does anyone expect to see God? Jesus said only those who are pure in heart can see God. (Matt.5:8)
PSALM 106 Praise the Lord!
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
2 Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord?
Who can declare all His praise?
3 Blessed are those who keep justice,
And he who does righteousness at all times!
(Watchman’s study motes: God expects His children to do righteousness at all times, not just once in a while. Not to do it just for show before men. God demands integrity. This is the constant standard in His kingdom! God wants each individual’s life be a worshipful life before Him, in Spirit and in truth.)
The wicked man does deceptive work, But he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward.
Proverbs 11:17-19 (in Context) Proverbs 11 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
[ Sin Confessed ] Therefore justice is far from us, Nor does righteousness overtake us; We look for light, but there is darkness! For brightness, but we walk in blackness!
Isaiah 59:8-10 (in Context) Isaiah 59 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
You meet him who rejoices and does righteousness, Who remembers You in Your ways. You are indeed angry, for we have sinned— In these ways we continue; And we need to be saved.
Isaiah 64:4-6 (in Context) Isaiah 64 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
Do horses run on rocks? Does one plow there with oxen? Yet you have turned justice into gall, And the fruit of righteousness into wormwood,
Amos 6:11-13 (in Context) Amos 6 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.
Psalm 1:5-6 (in Context) Psalm 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
“The LORD is righteous, For I rebelled against His commandment. Hear now, all peoples, And behold my sorrow; My virgins and my young men Have gone into captivity.
Lamentations 1:17-19 (in Context) Lamentations 1 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
Therefore the LORD has kept the disaster in mind, and brought it upon us; for the LORD our God is righteous in all the works which He does, though we have not obeyed His voice.
Daniel 9:13-15 (in Context) Daniel 9 (Whole Chapter) Other TranslationsDaniel 9:18
O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies.
Daniel 9:17-19 (in Context) Daniel 9 (Whole Chapter) Other Translations
Zephaniah 3:4-6New King James Version (NKJV)
4 Her prophets are insolent, treacherous people;
Her priests have polluted the sanctuary,
They have done violence to the law.
5 The Lord is righteous in her midst,
He will do no unrighteousness.
Every morning He brings His justice to light;
He never fails,
But the unjust knows no shame.
6 “I have cut off nations,
Their fortresses are devastated;
I have made their streets desolate,
With none passing by.
Their cities are destroyed;
There is no one, no inhabitant.
(Watchman’s study notes: God is righteous and does not change.)
Hosea 14:8-9New King James Version (NKJV)
8 “Ephraim shall say, ‘What have I to do anymore with idols?’
I have heard and observed him.
I am like a green cypress tree;
Your fruit is found in Me.”
9 Who is wise?
Let him understand these things.
Who is prudent?
Let him know them.
For the ways of the Lord are right;
The righteous walk in them,
But transgressors stumble in them.
(Watchman’s study notes: we are required to know God’s way and walk/live/conduct our lives in His way!)
2 Timothy 2:21-23New King James Version (NKJV)
21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work. 22 Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife.
(Watchman’s study notes: Even Apostle Paul urged his disciple, Timothy to pursue righteousness and categorized this godly characteristic together with faith, love and peace!)
Titus 1:1616 They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.
(Watchman’s study notes: today this warning is still in force. When a man’s works show clearly that they deny the holy and righteous standards of God, they fall under this category of being disqualified for every good work. God does not accept any work of the flesh. Read the warning letters from Jesus to the seven churches in the end times. Revelation 2-3)
Galatians 5 (NKJV) Walking in the Spirit16
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
(Watchman’s study notes: Praise the Lord. The Holy Spirit has given all who follow Jesus the sure way to righteousness, that is, to live in and walk in the Spirit of Christ. Indeed, there is only one key:
” 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” )