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

October 21, 2008

This beatitude builds from the previous three, but really ties to those that mourn.  The idea is that Christian believers will have a hunger in other words go after the idea of righteousness.  That righteousness isn’t just merely the idea of being “right.”  Stott says there are three aspects to the righteousness being discussed in this beatitude; legal, moral, and social.  The legal an moral are most comfortable to us and what we have traditionally spoken of before.  Legal is simply having that right relationship with God and would tie to law and standards very well.  Moral is about the conduct and character we have.  Social is the seeking of people’s liberation from oppression.  I agree with Stott and see how Jesus came not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it.

In the end we use our time of mourning to weep for the sin in the world and this proves us meek and in need of God which leads us to a hunger for that oppression of sin to be liberated into righteousness.

Try this activity:

As you pray before your meals, pray not only for your food and its blessing, also pray for a hunger for having that right relationship with God, conduct and character that honors God, and the liberation of the oppressed.

Answer this Question:

How do you personally hunger and thirst for righteousness?  How does your church hunger and thirst for righteousness?

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