We are expected to be “right” (just NASB) (4941). I have already gone through a litany of what that means but being “righteous” (6662) is more than being fair and adhering to truth. If that is all we seek, we can become legalists. We would be honorable and useful members of society, but legalists none the less.
Keep in mind the caution about this trap.
(1 Corinthians 8:1 NAS77) Now concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies.I use the NASB because the KJV uses “charity” here instead of “love.”
Our goal should not be knowledge alone. That can be a trap of self-righteousness. Our goal is love because it edifies and builds up.
So? Be just. That is a benchmark, a starting point, a convenient measure. But let the love of Christ control you as you live in that justice.
(2 Corinthians 5:14 KJV) For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: