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Hunger and Thirst

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Hunger and Thirst

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

because they will be filled.—Matthew 5:6

Hunger and thirst are the body’s way of telling us that we are “empty.” Our natural response to physical hunger and thirst is to seek food and water to satisfy our need. Each Christian has an inner longing that only Christ’s righteousness can satisfy. But we cannot be filled with righteousness if we are filled with self. Throughout the Scriptures God emphasizes that the one who longs for Him with all his heart will find Him (Jer. 29:13). As we crave righteousness, we will repent of our sin, and God will remove it from us. Our selfishness will be replaced by the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal. 5:22–23). The Spirit will make us to be like Christ.

Righteousness is not to be taken lightly, nor is it easily attained. Holy God does not give His righteousness to people indiscriminately. He gives it to those who know they cannot live without it. Our desire for personal righteousness must be powerful, all-consuming, dominating everything we do. Pursuing righteousness means that we value the opinion of God far more than we treasure the opinions of people.

Righteousness is not merely an absence of sin. It is allowing God to fill us with His holiness (Rom. 6:11). It is being like Christ. Jesus is our model of One who sought God’s righteousness first, and then the Father glorified Him. We are not only to seek the kingdom of God, but we are also to pursue His righteousness (Matt. 6:33). If we will hunger and thirst for righteousness, we will be satisfied!

Experiencing God Day by Day: A Devotional and Journal.

Sixteen Reasons Why I Love You*

*with apologies to Connie Francis for taking her song title.

Jesus taught us through the Gospel to love one another in many ways. Following are some of them. We love one another because God loves us and because of the benefits of love over indifference.

Matthew 22:39 (KJV)

39  … Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Matthew 5:44 (NAB)

44  But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you,

Matthew 22:37 (NLT)

37  Jesus replied, “‘You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’

Matthew 3:17 (MSG)

17  And along with the Spirit, a voice: “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.”

Matthew 5:46 (MSG)

46  If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that.

Matthew 6:4 (MSG)

4  Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way your God, who conceived you in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out.

Matthew 18:17 (MSG)

17  If he still won’t listen, tell the church. If he won’t listen to the church, you’ll have to start over from scratch, confront him with the need for repentance, and offer again God’s forgiving love.

Luke 6:36 (ETRV)

36 Give love and mercy the same as your Father gives love and mercy. (Mt. 7:1-5)

Mark 12:33 (GW)

33  To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as you love yourself is more important than all the burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

John 8:42 (ASV)

42  Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I came forth and am come from God; for neither have I come of myself, but he sent me.

John 10:17 (ASV)

17  Therefore doth the Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.

John 13:34 (ASV)

34  A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; even as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

John 13:35 (ASV)

35  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

John 15:13 (ASV)

13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Acts 15:14 (ETRV)

14 Simon Peter has told us how God showed his love for the non-Jewish people. For the first time, God accepted them and made them his people.

Acts 20:24 (TLB)

24  But life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about God’s mighty kindness and love.

Which are your favorites? And which ones do you need to work on?

Sunday School Study Sheet – July 14, 2013

Ten Ways to Conquer Worry by Charlie W. Shedd

Matthew 6:27-34 (MSG)
27  “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch?
28  All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop,
29  but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
30  “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you?
31  What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving.
32  People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works.
33  Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
34  “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

Matthew 6:27-34 (NKJV)
27  Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28  So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
29  and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30  Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31  Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
32  For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
34  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

  1. “Lord, help me to keep in mind that there is a BIG difference between nervous worry and healthy concern…. each day, all day, may I do your work without fussing.”

  2. ” Heavenly Father, May I never forget that a good father puts his child to bed because his child needs great… Thank you, Lord, for my own sleep and quiet, plus times to do nothing.

  3. “O Divine Creator, you made things to grow and things to diminish… Help me to remember that my problems do have a way of shrinking as I draw closer to them… Thank you for all those times you actually have reduced my troubles overnight.”

  4. “Good Lord, keep me away from the land of ‘What if.’ Help me to remember there is just as much chance it won’t happen as it will… Thank you. Thank you.”

  5. “Creator of the Universe and me, may I never forget that there are hidden reserves in all of us…. You put them there. You can wake mine in my hours of crisis…. I praise you for the strength you stashed away for my emergencies. How great thou art.”

  6. “O Divine Mind, give me wisdom to know that there are some things I am meant to control but some are not for me…. I am truly grateful that you have equipped me with an effective ‘worry or not’ sorter. Help me to use it well for you.”

  7. “Lord of the healthy mind, make me wary of jealousy…. May I ever remember that other people only look as if they have no worries…. And please remind me often that I really would not like to trade places with anyone.”

  8. Keep me checking on my goals, Lord. Often…. When I am worrying over false ambitions, correct me…. If I am reaching where I shouldn’t reach, tap me then too…. And yes, sometimes when I’m getting lazy, guide me to new dreams, new goals for you.”

  9. “God of all people in all the world, when I am unduly anxious, remind me to stop and do something for someone…. a shut-in, a troubled friend, some good cause…. Make me one of your everyday missionaries to the everyday needs of others.”

  10. “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, minute by minute, day by day, hour by hour, help me to trust you more…. Forever and forever may I love you more, that I may more and more love others for you. …. So may it be—Amen.”