The Beatitudes, Part II

And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Matthew 5:2-7

We looked at the first few verses in the Beatitudes yesterday and we will continue today.  These are all verses that give us a promise and a condition.  We would be wise to pay attention to them.

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”  When you read through the Bible, you find the matter of sin and righteousness throughout.  The struggle between sin and righteousness begins in Genesis, ends in Revelation, and is found on every page in between.  As Christians, we have the blessing of having the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ Himself through His perfect sacrifice on the cross.  But as far as day-to-day living, how much do we really want righteousness?  Do we really hunger and thirst after righteousness?  Do we really want it?  If we do really want to live a righteous life, and if we really do hunger and thirst after righteousness, we have a wonderful promise.  If we want righteousness, we can have it!  This verse tells us that those who hunger and thirst after it “shall be filled!”  What a promise!

I have heard it said that we have all of the Lord that we want to have.  We are as close to the Lord as we want to be.  And, according to this verse, we have as much righteousness as we want to have.  If we want righteousness, we can have it.  The more hunger we have for it, the more of it we will have.  We don’t have to wish for righteousness.  It is readily available to us if we just take it!

4 responses to this post.

  1. Oh I was praying into this at the altar of my church just this weekend Ben thanks!

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  2. So thankful for all that we have available to us, just for the asking. Praying for a hunger for righteousness now, Ben. Thank you and God bless you!

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    • That’s just it. We can have all we want, the problem is the simple fact that most people don’t want it, or at least don’t want it very much. Praying that we will thirst for Him.

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