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Annually on November 23
Posted by Dr. Johnson Cherian
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Righteousness basically means doing the right thing or acting in accord with divine law.
Sometimes we know what the right thing is, yet we do wrong. Why? We all have different
reasons. We all have different weaknesses and we all respond to situations in different
ways. Often we try to justify our wrongs.
Paul the great apostle confessed, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I
do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law
is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that
nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is
good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do
not want to do - this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I
who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. So I find this law at work: When I want to
do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see
another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind
and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched
man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? (Romans 7:15-24)
There’s always a fight going on inside us between the flesh and the spirit.
For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary
to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you
want. (Galatians 5:17)
Unless we are totally yielded to the spirit of God, we often do that which is unpleasing to
God. This can change only if we hunger and thirst for righteousness, desiring to do that
which is pleasing to God.
The Apostle Paul exhorts believers in this manner:
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and
desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. (Galatians 5:24,
May the Lord help each one of us to do that.