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00221 - Beatitudes - Those Who Hunger and Thirst

Updated: Mar 10, 2023

This wonderful scripture in Matthew 5:6 says, ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.’ (NIV). The key words here are hunger, thirst righteousness and filled.

It’s fairly obviously what hunger and thirst represents - desire, a need for something and the determination to get there. If we chase righteousness what does that mean ? Biblically it is simply to be free from guilt or sin.

When we are desiring to be righteous, we allow (by default) the Holy Spirit to fill us. The suggestion in that is for us to push away anything in our lives which might be doubtful and allow God to move within us. When we chase after God, He will show us the error of our ways and in that process draw us close to Him; that journey then opens up the Kingdom of God within us like never before.


Biblical righteousness is the be free from guilt and sin.


Father, help me to hunger and thirst after you, that my life may be more righteous and holy. Amen.

Action Point Think about the things you think might be questionable, then tell a friend and ask them to help you move away from those things this year. Pray together, help each other.

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