6 Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [those who actively seek right standing with God], for they will be [completely] satisfied.
Matthew 5:6, Amplified Bible
What does it mean to hunger and thirst for righteousness?
Jesus tells us that we are truly blessed if we have an appetite to pursue our God-given righteousness. When we have the willingness to think and act in a way that pleases God, we will experience the power of right living flowing over into other areas of our lives.
Living righteously is more than moral behaviour. It is living in a worldview where God is at the centre of all we do and all that we are. When that happens, we become truly satisfied because God is truly glorified.
The aim is to close the gap with what we know and what we do.
Every one of us prays for better relationships, better jobs and better everything. But what we really need to pray is a better understanding of our righteousness in Christ. Not understanding our right standing with God keeps many believers in bondage to fear, self-effort and personal condemnation and the worst part is, they don’t even realise it.
Righteousness makes prayer effective and powerful.
The Apostle James tells us:
16 The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects.
James 5:16, Revised Standard Version
Jesus has given us His righteousness and when we pray according to who He has made us to be, we will never ever hold back or hesitate from asking boldly. Bold prayers honour God. Even if you don’t get the answer you are looking for — we still have God with us.
Your feeling of righteousness comes and goes but the truth is, you always stay righteous by faith in God’s eyes. Keep staying hungry and thirsty for righteousness and God will expand your capacity to believe and receive beyond your expectation.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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