Matthew 5:6 – Righteousness

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

What is Righteousness? The Apostle Paul made it abundantly clear that righteousness does not come from us. We can not make ourselves righteous no matter what we do. Righteousness can only be imputed to us by God Himself. Right standing with God can only be obtained through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Just as when Abraham believed the words of God and righteousness was imputed to him by God, so is righteousness imputed to us when we put our trust in God and His Eternal Word.

How hungry are we to have God pronounce us to be righteousness before Him? Do we do good work that we think will please God like the Pharisees did? Perhaps our best example would be the Publican who had nothing of himself to offer except a humble heart. Perhaps the cry of our hearts should be “God have mercy upon me, a sinner.”

Today’s prayer: Lord, I have nothing to offer you except a heart that is hungry for your righteousness. I put my trust in you today and the only cry of my heart is God have mercy upon me, a sinner. Amen