Romans 1:17 NIV
For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed…
Righteousness is strange word rarely used outside the Bible except perhaps in a derogative way when talking about someone who is self-righteous, someone who has too high a view of themselves. It can be seen as talking about holiness, someone who is pure, who follows the Law, but that is not quite the thrust of it in Scripture. In Scripture being righteous is about being faithful to a relationship, this is bigger than rules. The gospel shows God as righteous as even when we have given up on him and turned on him he never gives up on us, even dying for us in order to bring us back to him. What love!
Thank you Lord for never giving up on me!