It is important for you to begin to accept your true nature as a believer. Your nature is not based on what you are doing but on the gift God bestowed on you. God bestowed righteousness on you so that you can do right. Don’t wait to do right: accept His righteousness and then you will do right.
Many times we put the cart before the horse. While I don’t really blame us, we have been misled by being told the same thing over time in a monotone voice. You often hear things like, “It is time to work out your salvation.” And this confuses believers by making them to try to earn righteousness; but you cannot earn it. It is a gift.
The gift of righteousness is the believer’s DNA. It is our root because we are made in the image of God. God wants us to know that in all conditions we can have right standing with him such that you should not be afraid to approach him as Adam was after he fell into sin in the Garden of Eden.
Every believer has a Bill of Righteousness. It is what you wave at the devil in the face of challenges. Righteousness is standing before God without any sense of sin, guilt, condemnation, inferiority, or accusation. Righteousness is standing before God as though sin does not exist.
So how do you become righteous? The very moment you accepted the Lordship of Jesus Christ, you became righteous. You do not need to do anything else because your salvation is your righteous benefit. You cannot do anything to become righteous. It is the work of Christ at Calvary that made us righteous. Our High Priest, Jesus Christ, has given us a perfect sacrifice. There is no sin in Him and so He perfected it in Himself. Therefore, when God sees His holiness in us, we are accepted. It is not about us but about Jesus.
That should make you love Him more because Christ paid the price you could not pay. That is what makes you righteous.
Isaiah 61:1-11; 2 Corinthians 5:14-21