Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

Matthew 5:6

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.

This attitude portrays a maturity of belief that shows a servant is ready for service.

When completeness or wholeness is achieved, the servant receives the satisfaction of being used of God for that which they have been called, trained and equipped.

The emphasis in this Beatitude is the passionate desire for the whole, for complete righteousness as a matter of life and death.

Blessed is the one
whose most passionate desire is to love God
and to love others as they ought.

Blessed are those
who long for total righteousness
as a starving person longs for food and
as a person perishing of thirst longs for water,
for they will be truly satisfied.

We are often impressed with those who take their faith seriously. We do not respect people whose religion is merely outward form. Much of what they see is materialistic, carnal or worldly. We turn them off — the low regard for moral purity, the hedonism, the wishy-washiness, the unwillingness to suffer or make sacrifices, the fear of making a stand.

Christians need to acknowledge their beliefs and be willing to suffer for their faith and convictions. A more complete righteousness will definitely have great impact. It will earn respect for our preaching the Gospel.

Let us be thankful for God’s presence in our lives.
Let us yearn for more of Him.

Oh Lord,
I long for total righteousness
so that the world will see
more of Your faithfulness in me.

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