Once you have realized you’re righteous and you’ve been made free by Jesus Christ, “what does that mean for you ?” It means that you no longer have to perform works or good deeds to be “good enough” for God. “We reckon therefore that a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law” Romans 3:28 ASV. What are works? Well, in the Old Testament and prior to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the children of God had to keep up with a number of laws and they also, made atonement for their sins with sacrificial lambs and other selected animals. These laws were righteous. You may be thinking “so, what was the problem? Just follow the rules and all is well.” These laws could only make you righteous if you were able to keep all of them and we’re not just talking about just 3 or 4 rules, try hundreds. It is recorded that their were 613 laws that God gave his people through his servant Moses. So, I think by now you may see where there could have been a problem for mankind. Those were a lot of rules, laws, and works to remember and obey. Let’s just say you managed to remember and obey 612 of the laws and forgot the last one it’s just like you did not keep any of them. “What are you serious?!” Absolutely, check it out for yourself, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is become guilty of all.” James 2:10 ASV. Aren’t you glad you don’t have to worry about that, because Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior came and paid the price for our sins when he died on the cross and made his righteousness available to us in exchange.“Big sigh of relief!” Check this out, “For ye, brethren, were called for freedom; only use not your freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but through love be servants one to another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” Galatians 5:13-14 ASV.