Love, refreshing as cold water
Joy, coffee to start the day
Peace, a late morning brunch
Patients, Delectable as holiday chocolate
Kindness, a fragrant homemade soup
Goodness, sweet as grandma’s cookies
Faithfulness, desirable as fine wine
Gentleness, hot tea before bed
Self control, your daily bread

In this meditation on Jesus’s words in Matthew 5:6, Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled. I have associated each aspect of the Fruit of the Spirit described by Paul in Galatians 5:22-23 with something delicious. In doing so I hope that I have captured a little bit of what Jesus meant when He said we should hunger and thirst for righteousness. Sometimes this verse is associated with those who long for their community to be righteous. While there is certainly some room for that line of thought in the Biblical narrative, primarily we should be longing for our own righteousness. We should be longing to have the plank removed from our own eye before we ever dare to point out the speck in the eye of our brother. It is when we long to walk out love, to embody joy, to be at peace, to be kind, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and full of self control that we will be filled with those good thing.

I put together a podcast that is a meditation on the meaning of Matthew 5:6. I have pulled scripture together from all over scripture in order to try and grasp the richness of what the whole Biblical narrative has to say on this subject. Ep. E5 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for Righteousness

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