“God blesses those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6 (NIV)
In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon wrote of the futility he found in the pursuit of the things of this world. Pursing these things leaves us empty. So where do we find fulfillment? We find it in the righteousness of God; being right with him and living the way he intends. Righteousness is not only something God does for us, it is something he does in and through us; he does all the work. Our role is to accept what God has done for us. No matter who we are or what we’ve done, God wants each of us to be saved. Then, as you hunger and thirst for righteousness, you will be filled.
Open your group with a prayer. This is only a guide – select the points you want to discuss.
“The Good News shows how God makes people right with himself.” Romans 1:17 (NCV)
1. Righteousness is both a relationship and a lifestyle. It is being in a right relationship with God. What can you do this week to remove any obstacles limiting your relationship with him? As a lifestyle, righteousness is living the way God wants us to live. How can you discern what God wants you to do with your life? How do you distinguish God’s plans from your own?
“There is not a righteous person on earth who always does what is right and never sins.” Ecclesiastes 7:20 (NIV)
2. We can’t make ourselves righteous and we can’t keep God’s commandments all of the time. Do you believe God can forgive your worst sin? Why or why not?
“The Lord says, ‘All you who are thirsty, come and drink…Why spend your money on something that is not real food? Why work for something that doesn’t really satisfy you? Listen closely to me and you will eat what is good; your soul will enjoy the rich food that satisfies.’” Isaiah 55:1-2 (NCV)
3. Take time to pray together, offering gratitude for God’s love. In light of that love, why do you think we often want to substitute the nutritious spiritual food that God offers with “junk food” that offers no satisfaction? What “junk food” would you like to eliminate from your life, and what substitute might you enjoy that God tells us he will provide?
“You must crave the pure spiritual milk (of the Word) so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out for this nourishment like a baby cries for milk.” 1 Peter 2:2 (NLT)
4. Knowing God should be our number one goal. Therefore we need to crave knowing him like a baby craves milk. What is meant in this verse by “fullness of your salvation?” What happens to our spiritual health and our relationship with God if we neglect nourishing ourselves spiritually?