Friday, February 25, 2011

Blessed Are They Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

The Fourth Beatitude
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for Righteousness,
for they shall be filled.

In order to understand this beatitude we must first ask ourselves, what is the meaning of righteousness? Righteousness means being in complete accordance with what is just, honorable, and Godly. Righteousness are those things that are morally right, virtuous, and noble. Righteousness is a life style that is in complete conformity to the will of God. It is a lifestyle that Jesus finds pleasing.

Hunger and thirst are appetites that we have everyday and they require to be met often during the day. Similarly the true believer calls for constant meals of righteousness to do his daily Godly work, just as the body calls for its daily food. When a believer hungers and thirsts after righteousness he becomes a new man and this new man now bears the image of God. This new man greatly desires to do the will of God for he now has great interest in Christ and all that Christ said and promised.

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