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Devotional - week of January 19, 2003


FILLED WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS

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

According to this beatitude in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, people filled with righteousness are “blessed.” They are happy.

It is not difficult to teach a believer how to be filled with righteousness. Romans 5:17 states that righteousness, along with grace, is received.

… those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

Receive” is a verb of continual action. We may continue to receive grace and righteousness. First, we must understand that as believers we are already crucified, buried, and resurrected as taught in Romans 6:3-5. 

Second, we must obey the five commands of Romans 6:11-13 to experience crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.

The last of the commands is “[present] your members to God as instruments of righteousness.” When a believer obeys the five commands for experiencing crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, God expresses His righteousness through that believer.

Verse 14 states, “… you are not under law but under grace.

When believers continue  to obey the five commands of Romans 6:11-13, they are continually filled with grace and righteousness.

Many respond to the message of how to be filled with grace and righteousness with indifference and unconcern. Jesus explains why—one must hunger and thirst for it.

Only God can produce hunger and thirst for righteousness. Can believers participate with God in producing the hunger and thirst in other believers? They can.

Believers living out the life of grace and righteousness provide God with examples to use in creating hunger and thirst for righteousness in others. Believers can pray for God to produce a hunger and thirst for righteousness in others.