There are many benefits of living a righteous Christ centered life. The book of Proverbs is full of examples of what a righteous life can be like if we let it. Keeping God's commands not just in our actions, but in our heart generates a peace and a spiritual prosperity that is unmatched by anything the world has to offer.
Proverbs 9:9 - Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still; teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.
There is a distinct difference between wisdom and righteousness. Out in the world, there are thousands if not millions of wise people, and many of those wise people have never met Christ. You can teach wisdom to them and they will grow and become even wiser, but you cannot teach someone righteousness. People receive righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. So when we teach wisdom to someone living a righteous life we add another facet to them. Helping them grow and spiritually develop.
Proverbs 10:21-32 - The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of sense. 22 The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it. A fool finds pleasure in wicked schemes, but a person of understanding delights in wisdom. What the wicked dread will overtake them; what the righteous desire will be granted. When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever. As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, so are sluggards to those who send them. The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short. The prospect of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing. The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless, but it is the ruin of those who do evil. The righteous will never be uprooted, but the wicked will not remain in the land. From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be silenced. The lips of the righteous know what finds favor, but the mouth of the wicked only what is perverse.
Righteousness is a spiritual covering received from God. When we embrace that righteousness, it seeps into our every pore. When we open our mouths it comes pouring out and marks us as children of God. Our righteousness is actually God's righteousness so when we speak wisdom it is not our wisdom but God's. God's words become our words, and His words are spiritual food for those who hear. Full of joy and peace and wisdom that cannot be denied except by those whose hearts are hardened by the world.
Proverbs 11:8-10 - The righteous person is rescued from trouble, and it falls on the wicked instead. With their mouths the godless destroy their neighbors, but through knowledge the righteous escape. When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
We will suffer tribulation of this there is no doubt. But God will use us to show that His people prosper even in the midst of trouble. The righteous will prosper and be a witness to God's power and authority. Righteousness lived out daily is a beacon that will not be ignored.
Proverbs 11:28-30 - Those who trust in their riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf. Whoever brings ruin on their family will inherit only wind, and the fool will be servant to the wise. The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.
Imagine the stress and terror of living a life based on your own strength... Relying on your abilities and wisdom to obtain what you and your family need to survive. No matter how strong or how well prepared you think you are, eventually your strength will fail, your preparations will not suffice, and you will falter. But the person who lives a righteous life based on Christ relies on God's strength which is ever lasting. Relies on the provision of an eternal God who is all knowing and has foreseen every need.
Proverbs 13:21-22 - Trouble pursues the sinner, but the righteous are rewarded with good things. A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.
In this life the righteous will suffer the attacks of the enemy, but in the end; the righteous will be rewarded with all good things living in the presence of God. And by living a righteous life now we live as an example for our children. They see how we act and what we live for. This is the inheritance we leave for our children. A Christ lived life. I remember a Randy Travis song that goes: "It's not what you take, when you leave this world behind you. It's what you leave behind you when you're gone."