But...Stuart Jones Righteousness cannot be achieved by human effort. God is absolutely holy and pure and there is nothing that is hidden in His sight. We have no chance of being right or acceptable before God with our own effort. Righteousness is achieved through faith in Jesus Christ. He became our sacrifice of atonement when He took all our sins upon Himself as He hung on the cross. Our reaction to this precious gift of love and grace should be to share this faith and love with others. We become a reflection of Christ’s love and grace in all we do.