Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6.
Righteousness is holiness, likeness to God, and “God is love.” 1 John 4:16. It is conformity to the law of God, for “all thy commandments are righteousness” (Psalm 119:172), and “love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:10). Righteousness is love, and love is the light and the life of God. The righteousness of God is embodied in Christ. We receive righteousness by receiving Him.
Not by painful struggles or wearisome toil, not by gift or sacrifice, is righteousness obtained; but it is freely given to every soul who hungers and thirsts to receive it. “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat;… without money and without price.” Isaiah 55:1. “Their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord,” and, “This is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord our righteousness.” Isaiah 54:17; Jeremiah 23:6.
No human agent can supply that which will satisfy the hunger and thirst of the soul. But Jesus says, … “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” John 6:35….
The more we know of God, the higher will be our ideal of character and the more earnest our longing to reflect His likeness. A divine element combines with the human when the soul reaches out after God and the longing heart can say, “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.” Psalm 62:5….
The continual cry of the heart is, “More of Thee,” and ever the Spirit’s answer is, “Much more.” Romans 5:9, 10…. It was the good pleasure of the Father that in Christ should “all the fulness dwell,” and “in him ye are made full.” Colossians 1:19, R.V.; 2:10, R.V.
Christ is the great depository of justifying righteousness and sanctifying grace.
All may come to Him, and receive of His fullness.
The Faith I Live By p. 109
Prayer Requests
—-Please say Prayers for a Dear Friend, ended up in Hospital yesterday, not sure if Stroke or TIA, but I am very Worried. Kimberly
—-I would like to ask for prayer for my husband, Jeff. He has been disabled for many years, and as he gets older (he is 70 now), he is struggling with increasing health issues and set-backs. Today he fell and I couldn’t get him back up. We ended up calling 911 and got a lift assist from a couple of firemen. But I’m also worried he may have succumbed to this flu that has been going around even though we’ve tried to be very careful to not bring germs into the house. Kathy
—-John is in the hospital. Please pray for him. Eva
—-My friend Robert has been missing for over a month now. He’s a believer. Please pray. Jacob
—-Please pray my snake guy finds all the snakes in & out the house tomorrow. My safety and for my cats too. Ann
—-my counselor’s father is in need of prayers…he just went through a lung transplant and isn’t doing well. He has been put back on the transplant list. They injured the lung they put in him. Please pray that a set of lungs will come through for him. They will replace both lungs this time. He’s a relatively healthy man for what he’s going through, but as some of us know all that medical intervention can take a toll on us as well as put our lives at risk. Judy
Dear Friends,
As we near the Easter holiday when most of the Christian world celebrates the sacrifice of Jesus, we think of how good God is Truly His ways are beyond our comprehension. He has provided His Greatest Gift—the gift of His only Son, the One Whom all Heaven Adores. When we look at our own children, we have such great love for them that we would never want to sacrifice one of them for the life of another; but “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
During those 33 years His Dear Son was upon this earth, our Heavenly Father was tenderly watching, feeling every hurt, every disappointment, every care that His Only Begotten had to endure. Three times the Great Sovereign of the Universe spoke audibly to that generation. At Jesus’ baptism, He announced, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matt 3:17 Again on the Mount of Transfiguration He declared, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” 17:5 Near the end of Jesus’ earthly life, He exclaimed, “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” John 12:27,28
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus sweat great drops of blood as He began to feel the sins of the whole world being laid upon His shoulders. As our sins threatened to crush out His very life, Jesus committed His will to His Father in Heaven saying “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” God answered by sending an angel to strengthen Him to endure His Great Sacrifice.
The Great King of the Universe withdrew His presence from His Only Begotten Son to allow Him to go through the awful sense of separation from God that the wicked will feel when they realize that they are forever lost. That separation was far worse than physical pain. It was equally difficult for The Father. Think of the heart-wrenching agony that God the Father felt as Jesus was upon the cross. The pain that pierced His Great Heart of Love is beyond our comprehension. Yet He willingly sacrificed His Well-Beloved because of His great love for us. O what love! What wonderful love!
He Who has given His life for us desires above all else to spend every moment right beside us, communing with us, leading us, guiding us, giving us a peace that passes all understanding. How He longs for close fellowship with us. Yet, how easy it is for us to get so busy that we have hardly a thought of our Glorious Redeemer’s sacrifice. Many times we are so self-centered that our needs, our desires, our momentary happiness is all that matters to us. How that must wrench the heart of our Redeemer as He sees us drowning in a mire of sin. He pleads with us:
“Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool;” Isa 1:18
We exclaim in wonder, “Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” Micah 7:18, 19 “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” Ps 103:10-14
May we exclaim as did Paul, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” Rom 11:33 May we give our heart, our lives, our thoughts, our words, our everything to the One Who gave His life for us. May we ever cling to our Loving Redeemer focusing upon His great love, His grace, His will for our life; and as we behold Him, we shall be “changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Cor 3:18

Filled With His Righteousness
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