"Now no chastening for the present seems to be joyous, but grievous; nevertheless afterward it yields 'the peaceable fruit of righteousness' unto them who are exercised thereby." Hebrews 12:11
"Chastening" has two definitions; to punish or correct and to restrain and subdue. The definition of restrain and subdue is the definition used with this scripture. The word "exercised" means discipline or train. The word "subdue" has several meanings the ones that fits this lesson is to control, overcome, make less intense, or diminish.
When I began looking up the word "righteousness" the word peace often accompanies it. Then I came across the scripture where peace and righteousness kiss. Psalms 85:10. Peace and righteousness are a pair.
Righteousness is given by God, it can be put on, it is a fruit, grows by faith and is accompanied by peace.
Righteousness can be put on
You can put on righteousness. It is an armour according to 2 Corinthians 6:7 "By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left." The putting on of righteousness is also referenced in Job 29:14, Ephesians 6:11-17 and Psalms 132:9. We are admonished to put it on daily in our fight for faith.
Righteousness grows by faith
Galatians 5:5 "For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith." Part of our faith growing is the hope of righteousness bestowed on us from God. Let us daily hope for righteousness.
Righteousness is accompanied by peace
James 3:18 "And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace." Additional references for peace and righteousness are Psalms 85:10, Romans 14:17, and Hebrews 12:11. I will never think of righteousness without peace in the future. It is taught that righteousness is right standing with God. It is truly right standing with God, but along with that is peace. Some of the things done are in right standing with God, but not always done in peace.
Righteousness given by God
Righteousness is given by God not by works. Romans 4:6 "Even as David describes the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputs righteousness without works." References to Righteousness by God are found in Job 36:3 and Psalms 24:5. The scripture refers to Righteousness being God's righteousness. Then in Ephesians 4:24 when we become new Creation in Christ, we become righteousness and true holiness.
Righteousness is a fruit
Righteousness is called fruit or fruits. "Being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ unto the glory and praise of God." Philippians 1:11. It is also referenced as fruit/s in Romans 5:17 and Amos 6:12. Righteousness is not listed as a fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 even though it is not listed I do believe it is a measure of mankind.
Below is a quiz to confirm how your righteousness is growing. You may be surprised by some of the answers, but when you pair up peace and righteousness it changes the perspective a little.
1. You're sharing a meal with a devout Jew, your favorite dish at this restaurant includes bacon. What would you do?
a. Order your favorite dish, they will not even
notice that you are having bacon
b. You decide to try something new on the menu
that does not include bacon
c. You order your favorite dish and apologize
hoping they are not offended
2. You are eating out with someone you know has a religious offence to shellfish. What would you do?
a. Choose a restaurant that does not serve
b. You go to the restaurant with shellfish;
they can find something else on the menu
c. Ask them if it is ok to go to a restaurant
that serves shellfish
3. At a friend's party they have a fortune teller. You refuse to participate in
this activity. How would you handle this situation?
a. Tell your friend how you feel about this
activity and leave
b. Participate and repent later
c. State you are passing on this activity,
but will join them later
4. Some is gossiping about a fellow worker. What do you do?
a. Gossip with them and repent later
b. Tell the fellow worker you don't listen
or participate in gossip and leave
c. Listen to them and say nothing
Answers; 1-b, 2-a, 3-c, 4-c