He who is steadfast in righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God) attains to life, but he who pursues evil does it to his own death. – Proverbs 11: 19
As we continue to focus on God’s righteousness instead of ours, we will begin to do something we didn’t before. We start to do right without even thinking about it because when we believe right, we do right.
He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him–not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake. – Psalm 23: 3
When we focus on His righteousness instead of ours, that is when we see ourselves become refreshed and what has been lost in our lives being restored. It is only then that we can relax and fully trust that what God said He will do. When we focus on our righteousness, we struggle. When we focus on His, we soar.
Behold, I long for Your precepts; in Your righteousness give me renewed life. – Psalm 119:40
It is when we focus on God’s righteousness instead of ours that it renews us. It causes us to focus on Him and what He has done for us instead of what we can do for Him. Our works are as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:4).