Greetings and good morning brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series
where we seek to explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years,
the heavenly Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them
with you. This morning we seek to understand the hunger for truth and the thirst for righteousness.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Hunger for Truth and the Thirst for Righteousness
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Matthew, Chapter
5, Verse 48.
Brothers and sisters, "blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall
be filled." They shall become perfect even as the heavenly Father is perfect.
Food and water are essential to life for living creatures. In human beings, hunger and thirst are never
far from the conscious mind. As hunger and thirst flood the conscious mind, we seek to satisfy these
urges. As they are temporarily satisfied, they fade from consciousness.
If we never get enough to eat or drink, we will always be conscious of the urge to eat and drink. No
respite can we enjoy until the urge for hunger and thirst is satisfied. On the other hand, if we fail to
satisfy these urges, we become weak and lethargic and lose all desire for food. We can also
overindulge our thirst and hunger urges, so that we remain hungry and thirsty even when those needs
are adequately met.
The hunger for truth and thirst for righteousness, the search for the perfect relationship with God and
consequently the perfect relationship with our spiritual brothers and sisters, along with the search
for a perfect moral character, are all a revelation of the Father's presence within us. These urges can
never be fully satisfied because it is never possible for the soul completely to possess all truth and
righteousness. Truth and righteousness are infinite and eternal qualities. We can never exhaust the
truth of infinity and the righteousness of eternity.
Communion with the Father adequately feeds our souls, and as long as we maintain this communion
our thirst and hunger are adequately satisfied. But this thirst and hunger constantly reappears as our
souls strives for greater meanings of truth and greater values of righteousness. The soul that ignores
these divine urges will eventually lose the desire for truth and righteousness. And once the desire for
truth and righteousness is forever lost, the desire to do the Father's will dies with the soul.
A lot of the disharmony that we observe in life, the restlessness, aimless drifting, moral lapses, and
disregard of relationships result because the urge for truth and righteousness is ignored. These lost
souls attempt without success to satisfy these urges with material means or by turning their backs
on their moral responsibilities. The result is predictably disastrous. The soul's hunger for truth and
the thirst for righteousness can only be satisfied with communion with its Maker. And as long as the
soul is alive, there will exist this disquieting urge clamoring for satisfaction.
Having eaten of this super sustenance, there is the urge for unselfish service to other brothers and
sisters. Consumption of this spiritual food is attended by the fruits of the spirit: love, faith, goodness,
gentleness, temperance, meekness, long suffering, peace, and joy. Life in the Kingdom is not meat
and drink but joy and righteousness in the spirit. As a material creature who consumes too much food
without adequate exercise becomes fat and immobile, so does the spiritual creature become
spiritually fat and immobile, becoming self righteous and self deceived. Only by adequate loving
service can the muscles of the spirit remain strong and firm, free of excess.
This drive for perfection, the hunger for truth and thirst for righteousness, literally propels the soul
into ever progressive experiences, those that require a higher comprehension of truth and higher
degree of righteousness. And as the spiritual muscles of the self and spiritual mind are challenged,
growth is the result. Growth is the ability to comprehend higher values and meanings of the Father's
love. But still the hunger and thirst, the God consciousness, persists and compels the soul to eat the
food of truth and drink the beverage of righteousness continually.
This concludes today's message on understanding the hunger for truth and the thirst for
righteousness. We hope you find something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go
about your day. Until next time, this is Dr. James Perry.