Tuesday, November 29, 2022

RIGHTEOUSNESS

HUNGER AND THURST FOR THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD

KENYA UCKG

You “become” what you eat.

Our desires determine our diet, our diet determines our intake, and our intake influences our health, according to nutritionists.

‘You are what you consume,’
You can tell that someone’s eating habits are the cause of their difficulties if they consistently get stomachaches or have multiple nutritional illnesses.

The sort of food someone eats or does not consume has a huge impact on how many diseases they can cause.

The terrible thing is that some diseases might lead to death if they are not treated early on.
It is equally distressing to learn that some illnesses caused by negligent food consumption are chronic and incurable.

The spiritual world is no different in this regard.

With the insightful Fourth Beatitude, Jesus encourages us to examine our spiritual appetite: Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be fed. in Matthew 5:6

Jesus reminds us in this short statement that our spiritual well-being and status are determined by how hungry we are.

We need to examine three fundamental ideas in order to fully understand it’s significance for us

THE POSSIBILITY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

KENYA UCKG

We must understand what Jesus means by the word “righteousness” if we are to comprehend the Fourth Beatitude.

In the other four gospels, the word appears just once.

However, Matthew’s gospel has seven instances of it, five of which are in the Sermon on the Mount. We don’t know what the word means.

The only thing we are certain of is that it has something to do with doing what is right and being right.

It is usually beneficial to look at other parts of Scripture that may clarify any terms you don’t understand in the Bible.

In light of this, let’s examine four other instances of this word in the Sermon on the Mount.

a) Living a righteous life marks us as authentic Christians and draws criticism from the outside world.

(Matthew 5:10) “Those who suffer for righteousness are blessed.”

The eighth and last beatitude is that.

We can summarise the fourth and eighth beatitudes as follows:

We are to hunger and thirst for a way of life that will lead to some people persecuting us because of our religion.

Therefore, righteousness is a way of living that identifies us as genuine Christians and draws criticism from the outside world.

b)Righteousness originates in the heart and affects a person’s entire being.

For I assure you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven, Jesus remarked in the second instance.
(Matt. 5:20
)

The temple was the centre of the Pharisees’ elaborate religious structure.

It required adherence to complex laws and regulations as well as to precepts and customs. It was extremely routine and professional.

It was similar like using cheap perfume that you slap on to make yourself smell wonderful even when you haven’t had a bath in days.

Even though you smell horrible on the inside, the perfume makes you smell good on the outside.

It cannot conceal the door below since it is not truly a part of you.

True righteousness transforms a person from the inside out and begins in the heart.

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