Righteousness

—that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.
— Philippians 3:8-9

In proportion as we know God, we must desire him, until at length we live in and for him with all our conscious heart. The righteousness which is of God by faith in God is then just the same kind of thing as God’s righteousness, differing only as the created differs from the creating. The righteousness of him who does the will of his father in heaven, is the righteousness of Jesus Christ, is God’s own righteousness. The man who has this righteousness, thinks about things as God thinks about them, loves the things that God loves, cares for nothing that God does not care about. Even while this righteousness is being born in him, the man will say to himself, “Why should I be troubled about this thing or that? Does God care about it? No. Then why should I? I must not care. I will not care!” The man with God’s righteousness does not love a thing merely because it is right, but loves the very rightness in it. He feels joy in himself, but it comes to him from others, not from himself—from God first, and from somebody, anybody, everybody next. The man who really knows God is, and always will be, content with what God, who is the very self of his self, shall choose for him; he is entirely God’s, and not at all his own. The being of what God has made him, and the contemplation of what God himself is, and what he has made his fellows, is what gives the man joy. He wants nothing, and feels that he has all things, for he is in the bosom of his father, and the thoughts of his father come to him. He knows that if he needs anything, it is his before he asks it; for his father has willed him, in the might and truth of his fatherhood, to be one with himself.