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Hunger and thirst for righteousness

Rev Enoch Thompson | JANUARY 24, 2023 | MATTHEW 5:6


KEY VERSE: Matthew 5:6 (NIV)

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

MESSAGE:

A universal human feeling that is overpowering and calls for satisfaction is hunger and thirst. The Lord Jesus uses this reality to teach us how much the desire for righteousness should overpower and identify the Christian soul. The true follower of the Lord Jesus must have a great desire to see righteousness done, for His Kingdom is a Kingdom of righteousness.

Followers of Christ must have an overwhelming desire to see righteousness in their own individual souls. The believer weighs themselves in the scales of God, finds themselves deficient of some virtue, and yearns to see those godly traits formed in them. They seek justice and righteousness for the harms done to them by evil people and an evil world, in view of their meekness, and like the saints under the altar of God cry out "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" (Rev 6:10 NIV).

They hunger and thirst after righteousness, not only as a momentary one-time experience but as a repeated experience of their soul, where they hunger and thirst over and over again. Our hunger and thirst for righteousness must move us to work for righteousness. Our time alone with God in reading the Bible, meditating on it and praying, our time with God’s people in joint worship at home and in Church, our advocacy for justice for those who are treated unfairly in society and in the Church, all of these must form ongoing work to see righteousness done.

“They shall be filled” by the gratification that the desire and pursuit of righteousness itself gives. The journey of holy living is an exciting adventure, try it. But Heaven is the fulfilment of the truest satisfaction of the righteousness that righteous souls hunger and thirst for. The Apostle Peter captures it for us “Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. (2 Peter 3:13 NKJV). The believer's quest shall receive its fullest satisfaction by the ambience of Heaven and the righteous rule of God.

FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE:

Be sensitive to the pangs for righteousness in your inner man. Yearn for righteousness in your thoughts and actions. Work for righteousness in your environment. Trust God to receive satisfaction in this life and in Heaven.

PRAYER:

Righteous King, thank you that you have put in Kingdom souls, a hunger and thirst for righteousness. May I be a righteous person, in thought, word and deed. May I promote righteousness wherever I find myself. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

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