Where do we see our righteousness: in our deeds or in our relationship with the LORD? It’s important to know.
5 The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked bring shame and disgrace.
Under the Old Covenant (OC), a person was considered righteous by what he did. In the New Covenant (OC), our righteousness is found in Jesus Christ.
God made him who had no sin to be [the sin sacrifice] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2Co 5:21
The difference is important because it has to do with our motivation. If we think we must work for our righteousness, then we either become proud or frustrated, even frightened. If we depend upon Jesus for our righteousness, then we stay close to and dependent upon Him. Thus, the next verse in Proverbs can then be tweaked:
6 [Jesus] guards the person of integrity, but [anything but Jesus] overthrows the sinner.
The interesting thing about these verses in Proverbs is that they can refer to anyone and not just Jews. Was Solomon thinking about just his subjects, his people? I don’t know, but the language used is inclusive and seems to be meant for anyone. People under the OT/OC served God because of His greatness. We under the NT/NC serve Him out of gratitude because of His goodness.
I pray that you depend on Him today for your righteousness. Lean on Him and let Him fill you with His love, joy, peace, hope and grace–to overflowing!
God is GREAT and God is GOOD. All the time.