I did want to share with you where I ENDED up on the righteousness
question, some 10years ago (I have been meaning to write this up as a
lesson, but just haven't found the time)...
On Thu, 29 Jun 1995, XXX wrote:
I have come across any good thinking on righteousness yet. I am have this
sense that it is different from morality. Described in terms of
humility, patience that sort of thing,
up until 1980, I had always equated righteousness with holiness, but
somehow it seemed bigger than that...and then I noticed for the first
time the descriptions of the righteous in Prov and Psalms, for example:
Prov 12:10-- A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender
mercies of the wicked are cruel.
This had to do with compassion (not justice, like holiness has in
it)!...and then I started checked the word out thruout Holy Writ and came
to the conclusion that it meant 'doing the right thing always'--sometime
justice, sometimes mercy...
And, then...with compassion and joy associated with it, my righteous God
burst into colors! I saw the warmth in that word 'righteousness' and it
has changed my view of Him...it is still a 'warm and gentle morality' but
the word 'morality' is MUCH, MUCH larger than simply 'justice'...
hope this is some value to your search...
in His love,