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Thankfulness Project: Blessed are Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

I'm a daughter, granddaughter & niece of pastors. I love God & studying the Bible and want to empower others to do the same.

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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. -Matthew 5:6

He who pursues righteousness and loving devotion finds life, righteousness, and honor. -Proverbs 21:21

Most people have heard the statistic that you can’t live more than three or four days without water, or more than a month or so without food, depending on the health and size of a person. We also know that drinking salty seawater if you’re dehydrated will only make it worse and dehydrate you further. That’s why there were so many wells in ancient Israel, so many mentioned in the Bible. They had a limitless ocean of saltwater to the west, and the Dead Sea was also full of salt water. But fresh water—water that gives life—comes from a lake, river, or a well.

Jesus spoke to a woman at a well about water. She was an outcast, judged and looked down on by her own people—people considered by other races to be a lesser race—for her life choices. Disdained, rejected by her own, but not by the Messiah. He asked her for water from the well of Jacob and told her that those who drink that water would thirst again. But those who drink His living water would never thirst again. Then He revealed Himself to her as the Messiah and He changed her life. Someone loved her. Someone saw all she was, knew everything she’d ever done, and still loved her, still wanted to call her His own. She ran to tell everyone she knew. Those who eat from the Bread of Life, or drink from the Living Water, need never be hungry for love or acceptance again from lesser loves. God is enough. He makes us enough, makes us clean, righteous, complete.

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Our souls crave so many needs, so many desires, psychology has entire pyramids of lists. We all have something we desire but don’t have, needs we’re looking to have met. But they can all be boiled down to one thing that puts everything (and everyone else) in proper perspective, and satisfies every need, every hunger, every desire. In Jesus, in the Father, we find that fulfillment, that complete satisfaction. The Father’s love satisfies every desire (Ps. 63:5) and shifts every perspective and fills us with purpose (2 Tim. 1:9, Eph. 1:12). His righteousness is enough to make us righteous, as impossible as that could be, sinners that we are, if we have believed in the name of the only One who saves (Acts 16:31).

Righteousness is a complicated concept. How many lies does it take to make someone a liar? How many sins does it take to make us a sinner? As sinners—as people who’ve all committed far more than just one sin in our lifetimes—humans have no righteousness on our own. All our attempts at “righteous deeds” are as filthy as soiled, permanently stained rags (Is. 64:6), like an oil cloth used to change the oil in a car that can never be washed clean, by us. We each have a past we wish to hide, to erase, to not be associated with. Jesus, however, when He died on the cross and we accept Him as Savior and Lord of our lives, covers us with His blood which cleans us, and clothes us in His righteousness. This is a complex concept to try to grasp, especially since we still sin, yet God is outside time and even our future sins are covered by His blood (though that shouldn’t be an excuse to sin, as there are still consequences for it). But nothing we do can keep us from heaven once we belong to the Lord; nothing can snatch us out of His hand (John 10:28).

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One of the most beautiful words to me in the English language is propitiation. It means “one who makes another favorably inclined.” It’s an intercessor, an advocate, someone who has my back and my front, my defender. It means someone who stands in the place of another, reminding the person in power of the weakness of the lesser individual. It is the friend and advocate who reminds the Judge to be merciful to the sinner. It is what Jesus does for me to the Father. The Father loves me limitlessly, but His righteousness and holiness are such that I cannot approach Him or am even worthy to speak to Him. But I’m so, so overwhelmingly grateful that when I accepted Jesus, He covered me with His blood. He peeled off my muddy, sin-stained, oily clothes, caked in layers of the decades of sin in my life, and He put a purely clean, white robe on me—a white dress, like a bride, for that is what believers and followers of Christ are.

By the blood of Jesus, we have confidence to boldly enter the Most Holy Place (Heb. 10:19), the place only one Levite Priest priest could enter, the most elite of the most elite tribe of the chosen race of God. Now all believers, Jew and Gentile, can speak to the Holy Father, can approach His throne of grace and ask, seek, be healed and forgiven and made clean and new.

“By the new and living way opened for us through the curtain of His body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, We can “draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. (Heb. 10:20-22)

When we ask, when we confess our sins to Him, Jesus makes us righteous by the power of His righteousness, and fills us with it completely, body and heart, mind and soul.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” -1 John 1:9

All unrighteousness.

Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor. -Proverbs 21:21

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© 2021 Amanda Lorenzo

Comments

OLUSEGUN from NIGERIA on April 01, 2021:

Good work. I love this, "It’s an intercessor, an advocate, someone who has my back and my front, my defender". Jesus is our all in all.

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