The Fourth Beatitude


“Blessed    are    they    who    hunger    and    thirst    for Righteousness, for they shall be satisfied” (Matt. 5:6).

To  help  us  understand  this  beatitude,  we  first  have  to  ask ourselves  what  is  meant  by righteousness?  Righteousness means  being  in  complete  accordance  with  what  is  just, honorable,  and  godly.  Righteousness  is  those  things  that are  upright,  virtuous,  noble, morally  right,  and  ethical.

You  could  say  that  righteousness  is  a  life  style  that  is  in complete conformity to the will of God. It is a lifestyle that Jesus not only finds pleasing, but one that He approves of.

Jesus Christ is the one leading the righteous person through life.  It  is  Jesus  who  is  making the  decisions  that  the righteous person  will follow. For the righteous believer,  all his  daily actions,  everything  that  he  thinks  about,  every decision that he makes, everything that he reads and looks at will be done the same  way that  our  Lord  would  have  done them.  The true  believer  will  know  immediately  whether something is right or wrong, just or unjust, godly or ungodly.

How  could  the  true  believer  not  know  that  something  is wrong when the Son of God is living within him?

Jesus Christ, who is dwelling within the righteous person, is communicating   constantly  with   the   person’s   heart, conscience, soul, and spirit. The Lord is not going to let the

believer just wander into sin? Jesus Christ will be talking to the believer long before the sin is even thought about. While this is going on, the Holy Spirit will be hard at work doing His guiding and His warning. This is why when a righteous believer  sins,  it  winds  up  being extremely  painful,  usually leaving  the  sinner  with  great  sorrow.  Sin  for  the  righteous believer is never worth the pain and dishonor he knows that he has brought upon the Lord.

For  the  true  believer,  righteousness  saturates  every  single aspect  of  his  life.  Every godly believer  knows  that  he  has Jesus Christ living on the inside of him leading and guiding him.

“For the Lord is righteous; He loves righteousness; And the upright will behold His face” (Psalms 11:7).

Hunger  and  thirst  are  appetites  that  return  frequently,  and they require that they 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 living body calls for its daily food.  When  a  believer  hungers and  thirsts   after righteousness,  he  becomes  a  new  man.  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.

To   hunger   and   thirst   after   righteousness   can   only   be perceived by persons spiritually enlightened, and who have our Lord Jesus Christ living and dwelling within them. This child of God not only has an earnest desire to fervently seek  righteousness,  and  thus  lead  a  godly life  on  a  second  to second basis, but he wants to be possessed by righteousness. He wants to constantly live in it, to be totally absorbed into it, to be completely saturated in righteousness, for he knows that this way of life is the godly way of life. A righteous life is  what  also  fills the  true  believer  with  peace  and  joy. Because  of  their  spiritual  enlightenment,  they realize  that nothing can be more perfect, more pure, and more pleasing to  our  heavenly Father  then  living  a  life  that  He  totally approves of.

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