Our Righteousness . . .
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for
righteousness, for they will be filled." Matthew 5:6 (NIV)
In a fallen world, it is indeed a blessing to find and interact in spheres of righteousness. Those places do exist and are made up of special groups of dedicated and devoted individuals who are law abiding and love giving. In the absence of those special finds, we long for them, i.e. we "hunger and thirst" for the atmosphere they provide. It seems almost a strange paradox that the longing of so many does not materialize into a general good and generous behavior across all populations.
The Apostle Paul wrote of a people who were . . . zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge (see Romans 10:2). The result was that . . . Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness (see Romans 10:3). Just as "beauty is in the eye of the beholder," so may be righteousness, at least on the margins. The ultimate and lasting righteousness that will fill our souls is that found in God's design . . . and to find that, we look to His Holy Word.
Goodness and kindness are fruits of the Holy Spirit in our lives (see Galatians 5), but they do not cleanse our carnal frailties and failures. Only the sacrificial blood of the Lamb of God can lead us and deliver us to God's righteousness . . . the forgiveness of sin and salvation of souls. Once we have the peace of God, that spiritual confidence that we may not fully understand but can experience in our lives (see Philippians 4:7), we long for it all the more. As we seek and pursue righteousness, it will come to us as manna came to the Israelites . . . daily. And we will be "filled" as we make the effort to receive it.
"God made him who had no sin to be sinfor us,
so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)
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