I am convinced that if you truly knew whose you are and who you are, you would change for the better.
When you became born again you received a new nature. That nature (the NEW You) is now competing with the nature of who you used to be. Your righteous identity requires righteous conduct. God is holy and every being and everything in His kingdom is holy. Holy means set apart for special service to God.
God made the believer righteous through the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When we accept this truth by faith, we are made righteous. Now we must live a life of righteousness (holiness). Righteousness is the corresponding conduct of the righteous. You could see it as a code of conduct or standard of performance. It is very important to understand that this conduct means absolutely nothing with accepting Jesus as Lord.
You can compare it to fighting a fire. If you were to notice a structural fire and used a water hose to put the fire out, would that make you a firefighter? No. You actually had no obligation to put the fire out. If you were a firefighter, everyone would expect you to respond to the fire. Moreover, you would have a duty to respond and a civic obligation to put out the fire. As the righteousness of God, you have a duty and a divine obligation to live righteously (holy). The entire Bible addresses righteousness. In every book from Genesis to Revelation… From the Old Testament to the New Testament… In the Psalms and the Gospels… The Prophets and Epistles.
Consider the following passages:
And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. Romans 6:13 (NKJV)
Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. 1 Corinthians 15:34 (NKJV)
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14 (NKJV)
Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22 (NKJV)
Christians are commanded and reminded to live righteously. There are no exceptions. When we don’t walk in righteousness, unbelievers call us hypocrites. Why? Because we portray as ourselves as one type of person, but we truly live just like them. No one really likes a fake. Whether it’s fake money, politicians, or a fake smile, it annoys people from all walks of life.
Righteousness is the distinguishing mark of Christianity. Miracles may draw outsiders, but only righteousness will keep them.
As we continue to SEE what God is saying, we will discover what it means to be righteous and how to walk in righteousness (holiness)