Reaching for righteousness
Righteousness is a word that one would think would be so hard to explain to kids, however, it all boiled down to “making right choices.” I went through the memory verses to see if this substitution would work. “Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous . . .” or (“Surely, Lord, you bless those who make right choices . . .”). Whoa! THAT’S relevant!
For you, Lord will send a blessing on the upright man; your grace will be round him, and you will be his strength.
Righteousness is a state of moral perfection that is required by God to enter His kingdom. However, it is stated in the Bible that human beings cannot achieve righteousness through their efforts: "Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law, we become conscious of our sin." (Romans 3:20).
The Law of Moses, or the 10 Commandments, shows us how far we fall short of God's standards. The only solution to that problem is God's plan of salvation.
The Righteousness according to Jesus Christ
You can receive righteousness through having faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior. Christ, the Son of God, took humanity's sin upon him and became the perfect sacrifice, who is suffering the punishment mankind deserved. God the Father accepted Jesus' sacrifice so that human beings can become justified and saved. In the same vein, believers can receive righteousness from Christ. Jesus Christ's perfect righteousness is applied to imperfect humans.
In the Old Testament, it was atonement. It was the people's culture to sacrifice animals to atone for their sins. But when Jesus Christ came, all things changed. His crucifixion and his resurrection satisfied God's justice. The Apostle Paul explains how you can receive righteousness through Christ in the book of Romans.
Salvation through righteousness is a gift! It is the doctrine of grace. Salvation by grace by having absolute faith in Jesus Christ is the essence of Christianity.
The scriptures clearly stated that we might make our plans, but God has the last word. You may think that everything you do is right, but God judges and have the final say. What we can do, is to ask God to bless our plans so that we can be successful in executing them.
Similarly, we should teach our children to be righteous and pray for righteousness and salvation. Teach them with kind words, and to speak kind words. Teach them to be humble in all their doings. Train them in the word of God, so that when they grow up, they will never depart from it.