Blessed Are Those Who Hunger and Thirst after Righteousness (Matthew 5:6)
I. What is righteousness?
A. A righteous lifestyle sets Christians apart and invites opposition from the world. (Matthew 5:10)
B. True righteousness starts in the heart and changes a person from the inside out. (Matthew 5:20)
C. Disciples seek a righteousness that doesn’t need to be seen by others, but only by God. (Matthew 6:1)
D. Seeking “His righteousness” means letting His Word set the standard for your life and striving to do that which is pleasing to him. (Matthew 6:33)
II. The power of hunger and thirst (Proverbs 16:26)
A. Hunger and thirst are intense desires. (Psalm 42:1-2; 63:1)
B. Take action to satisfy your hunger and quench your thirst. (John 4:14; 6:35, 51)
C. Those that are filled are continually hungering and thirsting. (Matthew 5:6)
III. The Promise of Fulfillment (Matthew 5:6)
A. You will be filled with righteousness.
B. You will be filled with Jesus.
Suggestions for Prayer: Ask God to increase your hunger and thirst for righteousness. Look to Him in all things, knowing that He alone can satisfy.
For Further Study: Read Philippians 3:1-14. What does it mean to place confidence in the flesh? How did Paul define true righteousness?