Hungry for Righteousness
Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
This verse comes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. If you don’t have a desire to live a righteous life you won’t pursue a deeper relationship with God or develop the characteristics a Christian should have. There are a lot of things that can hinder or even destroy your hunger for God. You have to push those aside! That’s why you must be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. If you rely on the Holy Spirit you will be kept away from evil. You will draw closer to God. God and sin cannot be in the same place. That’s why Jesus died. We are washed clean by His blood!
Now let me clarify: Your righteousness won’t save you. The prophet Isaiah said: “Your righteous acts are like filthy rags.” No matter how much you try, you can’t earn God’s grace. Even on your best day, you still fail. If you got what you deserved you’d be in hell. So would I. Christ took the punishment for us, though. He is our hope. He’s the only source of real hope we have on this earth. Jesus Christ is the ONLY way to be saved. The law can’t save us. We can’t save ourselves. Good deeds won’t get us to Heaven. Only a relationship with God through Jesus Christ will get us to Heaven. The righteous acts and good deeds should flow from that salvation. We ought to do good things for others out of love and compassion. We should NOT “be righteous” to earn favor in God’s eyes. If you truly love God you will strive to follow His commands. If you truly was to pursue a relationship with Him, you will do what He commands. Jesus says in John 14:15: “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”
Even when you do fail, however, God still loves you. Jesus didn’t take your punishment because he had to. He died because he loved us that much. Don’t ever think you have done too much to be saved. Saying that is like saying, “What Jesus did wasn’t enough.” Jesus loves you and wants you to come into a relationship with Him.
Accept Jesus as your Savior and watch your life change tremendously.
I hope this short post ministers to you!
Posted on April 10, 2012, in Bible and tagged Bible, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Faith, God, Hope, hunger and thirst, hunger and thirst for righteousness, Jesus, jesus christ, jesus sermon on the mount, Love, prophet isaiah, Relationship, Relationships, Religion, righteous acts, Righteousness. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.