Second in a series of studies of 2 Timothy 2:22
“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).
“Righteousness,” first of all, is usually used in scripture in reference to an attribute of God; however, in several other passages such as this one, it is used in reference to a quality children of God are to strive for.
The word means “the quality of being right or just” or “whatever is right or just in itself, whatever conforms to the revealed will of God.” The Scriptures, then, reveal to us the kind of life that God wants us to live—when we follow such teaching, we can be described as righteous.
We know, however, that whatever good we do or whatever righteous life we may live, it is possible because God has allowed it through His grace and mercy and through the sacrifice of His Son for our sins. Thus, we continue to express to God our deepest gratitude for the opportunity to live a “righteous” life.