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October 10, 2017 / brockbruce

Longing for Kingdom Rightness (excerpt from my sermon on Matthew 5:6)

Hungering and thirsting for righteousness is about more than just hungering for an answer to prayer, it’s about hungering for God’s character, his nature.God is holy, righteous.

Everything he does is just and true.

Hungering for righteousness is about hungering for God to move and renew us according to his character, his nature.

It’s about longing for the Rightness of the Kingdom to be experienced in and thru us, Kingdom People.

There is so much wrong in our world, in our nation, even in our homes, and our churches.

I hunger for Kingdom Rightness. I long for all the wrongs to be made right.

I long for divisions to be reconciled.

I long for unity in the church.

I long for repentant righteousness.

I long for holy healing.

I long for justice, mercy, humility to be the marks of the Church.

I long for Kingdom Rightness.

I long for every tear to wiped away. No more sickness, sin, or death.

I long for the bound to be set free.

I long for the addict to find strength to be clean.

I long for families to whole.

I long for economic systems to equitable.

I long for wars to end.

I long for swords to be beaten into plowshares.

I long for mass murders, terrorist attacks, and crime rates to be a thing of the past, remembered no more.

I long for peace.

I long for creation to be restored, no longer under the effects of man’s sin.

I long for hurricanes, wild-fires, earthquakes, and storms to no longer bring destruction and death.

I Long for Kingdom Rightness. 

I long for a consistent pro-life ethic in the church.

I long for the day when the life of the unborn is not choice.

I long for the day when the refugee is welcomed.

I long for the day when gender dysphoria disappears under the beauty of the creative order.

I long for the day when misogyny is oppressed.

I long for the end of sexual abuse.

I long for the day when innocence is restored.

I long for the day when children never fear what happens when their dad has had too much to drink.

I long for the day when a child never goes hungry.

I long for the day when poverty is powerless.

I long for Kingdom Rightness.

I long for us to see humanity as image bearers of God, even if we are different colors, genders, nationalities.

I long for racial reconciliation and reparation.

I long for every tribe and tongue to join hands and hearts in worship.

I long for the day when words are used to build up and not tear down.

I long for a day when politics crumble under the weight of King Jesus.

I long for the globalism of the new heavens and new earth under the rule of King Jesus.

I long for Kingdom Rightness. 

I long for our world redeemed. 

I long for, I hunger and thirst for Kingdom Rightness!

So as we pray maybe even fast this week, I want us to not just hunger for God to do great things, which we do, I want us to hunger for Kingdom Rightness; for his character, his nature, to be seen in our lives, in our choices, in our words, in our church, in our homes.

God promises to hear the cries of a people who are hungering and thirsting after righteousness.

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