“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6
Are you hungering and thirsting for God’s righteousness as you seek to have your marriage restored? Have you ever paid attention to a new believer in Christ? They want to learn as much as they can. They read the Bible constantly and desire to grow in the Lord. Do you remember when you accepted the Lord?
The scripture below, from Matthew 6:33, actually summarizes the Sermon on the Mount, which says:
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
What is the meaning of righteousness?
- In Nelson’s Reference Companion, it says: To inherent imputed guiltlessness before God; acting in accord to God’s laws
- The Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary says: It is the character or quality of being right or just.
Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:20b-21
How can you learn to live this life of righteousness? Paul wrote the book of Romans to the believers in Rome by writing the gospel that he had been preaching for years. He wanted to explain his message and theology. In the first chapter, Paul describes how the righteous will live:
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17
When you are righteous and live by faith, that means you strive daily to be more like Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, and show the Lord’s love toward everyone.
I pray that you will grow in the Lord. Ask the Lord to give you a “hunger and thirst for righteousness.” The enemy goes after each of us in different ways to keep us from praying and talking to the Lord daily, reading and studying the Word of God, walking in His righteousness, or believing in God’s power, strength, grace, and mercy for us.
Examine yourself today and strive to become like Noah or Abraham. God had a divine plan and purpose for them and He has a divine plan for your life. They had to choose to be obedient, listen to God’s voice and believe. They did not listen to others, who did not believe them. We have the Holy Spirit, so you must listen for His voice of instructions and hunger and thirst for the Lord’s righteousness. You will never be the same!
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. Hebrews 11:7
And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.” Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:3-6