RIGHTEOUSNESS is a good word to use in naming our deepest longings. The word Jesus used means “rightness,” “fairness,” “to be in right relationship with God and other people.” Those who “hunger and thirst for righteousness” want to be right in character and action. Those who are righteous are doing things rightly—as they ought to be done. They are in the right in what they do, what they say, what they love. To open ourselves to God and acknowledge our hunger for righteousness, therefore, means opening ourselves to be changed, to have our affections and our actions changed.
– Mary Lou Redding
Power of a Focused Heart
From pages 54-55 of The Power of a Focused Heart: 8 Life Lessons from the Beatitudes by Mary Lou Redding. Copyright © 2006 by Mary Lou Redding. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
How do you define “righteousness?” Share your thoughts.
But,” [God] said, “you cannot see my face; for no one shall see me and live.”
Exodus 33:20, NRSV
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This week we remember: Ignatius of Antioch (October 17).
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