Righteousness is right living.
That sentence makes me squirm a little. I think because I know just how much I get wrong on any given day. And sometimes my heart wants to make decisions based on how strongly I feel about something... This is when guarding our heart must be priority.
Perfect Righteousness discourages you.
"I know it doesn't often feel this way, but your new self is the righteous nature and very holiness of God (imputed righteousness). That 's the real you. At your core, you are pulsing with new life of Christ. And guess what? "The fruit of the light results in all goodness, righteousness and truth (Eph 5:9 HCSB)"
Jesus Christ is my Righteousness. Out of love for Him, I will do what He tells me.
God is not out for behavior modification. Anyone can start new habits. What He is after is a Heart that is Transformed by His Word of Truth.
Again, I am reminded that there is a three step process to this kind of transformation.