Title: Blessed are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

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Devotions, Jesus's Recipe For Life

In Matthew 5:6, Jesus presents another beatitude: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (NKJV). This verse speaks to the deep longing within the human soul for moral integrity and justice.

Haven’t we all been seeking this in recent years and praying that those given power would live into this beatitude as well? This is the beatitude that separates the sheep from the goats.

To hunger and thirst for righteousness is to desire God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. It involves a passionate pursuit of what is right and just in God’s eyes, both personally and in society. It’s a recognition of the brokenness of the world and a yearning for God’s righteousness to be manifested in every aspect of life.

Jesus promises a blessing to those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. They will be filled—not with temporary satisfaction, but with the abundant life that comes from being aligned with God’s purposes. Their pursuit of righteousness leads to a deeper intimacy with God and participation in His redemptive work.

This beatitude challenges us to examine our priorities and desires. Do we prioritise the pursuit of material wealth, success, or personal pleasure, or do we hunger and thirst for righteousness? Are we actively seeking justice for the oppressed and marginalised, or are we complacent in the face of injustice?

As we reflect on Matthew 5:6, let’s consider these questions:

  • What does it mean for me to hunger and thirst for righteousness in my personal life and in the world around me?
  • How does my pursuit of righteousness impact my relationship with God and others?
  • In what areas of my life do I need God’s filling and empowerment to live righteously?

Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father, Papa God, we thank You for the promise of satisfaction to those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Fill us with a passion for Your will and Your ways, and empower us to live lives that honour You. Help us to seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with You each day. May Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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