KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 5:6 KJV “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”
There are two kinds of righteousness revealed in the scriptures. There is righteousness as a nature of God, received by faith and becomes our nature through salvation Rom 3:22 KJV” Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:”. There is a second kind of righteousness which is right living This could be defined as righteous acts. Our key scripture is referring to the second type of righteousness. It says those who will hunger and thirst after living an upright life shall be satisfied. To be hungry or thirsty for a thing is a very strong desire and could be described as a desperate desire for something. Men by nature have a heart that is desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17:9). It is the heart that has been regenerated through faith in Jesus that turns favourably towards God. (Titus 2:11&12).
Pursuing after righteousness is the escape of the soul from mundane actions and freedom from satanic influences. The sorrows, soul distresses. and all the pain in the hearts of men proceed from going after unrighteous ways. As children of God, it is our nature to do things that are right. We have been created that way. Eph 2:10 KJV” For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” We are new creations in Christ and the old nature with its ways are no more with us. As a Christian any longing for that which is unrighteous is very abnormal with us. Fight it, refuse it and give it no place.
The Apostle Paul says such things, which are the works of the flesh should not be named among us. Certain Christians have lived in the midst of the ungodly corrupting their righteous souls, to a degree that certain wrong acts have become normal with them. We are the righteousness of God and so we pursue and go after righteous ways. We do not allow our flesh to dictate to us. When a man pursues right ways, according to the Lord, he is filled or satisfied. Such a man has escaped the sorrows, pain and worries of this life caused by the deceptions of sin
I am the righteousness of God. It is very normal with me to seek and pursue after righteous ways, because that is who I am. I am filled with peace, joy and full of life for these are the fruits of righteousness. Thank you, Lord, for the gift of righteousness.
Titus 2:11 KJV” For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Romans 2:7-10 KJV “To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life, But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:”