Dear Hope family,
Thought for the Week
Beatitude 4 – Happy are the Hungry
Matthew 5v6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
Have you hungered and thirsted for something and not been able to satisfy the desire? Maybe it has been as simple as your need for a drink in hot weather, but you are away from any supply. Maybe it is something deeper you have sought such as achievement or success; maybe it is for a relationship or friendship; maybe it is for aspects of character or looks; maybe for finances or security. Whatever it is has proved either elusive or transitory – just as you think it is in your grasp, it escapes or fades away.
Jesus is saying that, as one who belongs to the kingdom of God, you will hunger and thirst for righteousness – you will seek what is right and good. And this deep desire of your heart will be rewarded – you will be filled. Fulfilment in the Christian life is not about having everything you desire, but about desiring everything God is promising. This comes back again to repentance and a change of heart.
How can we be so filled?
Our problem is that we want righteousness, but when it comes to it, there are other things we find we want more. I think there are two things we can do to train our hearts to seek righteousness. Firstly, we can control what our heart sees and let it see more of God’s righteousness; secondly, we can pray and earnestly ask God to create in us a heart which craves righteousness and the filling of his Holy Spirit.
With love and blessing,
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