“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness . . .” Q&A #7

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
for they shall be filled.

Question: What exactly will we be filled with if we follow this Beatitude?

Answer: We shall be filled with enough grace and truth to sustain us for the day. But, first, we must make sure that we are not trying to also hold onto the material pleasures and things that mortals so often cling to. That is a worthless activity. The Bible tells us:

“All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.” (Eccl. 6)

Mary Baker Eddy explains how we can keep our minds free from error, and the protection that is ours by doing so:

“Beloved Christian Scientists, keep your minds so filled with Truth and Love, that sin, disease, and death cannot enter them. It is plain that nothing can be added to the mind already full. There is no door through which evil can enter, and no space for evil to fill in a mind filled with goodness. Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort. And not only yourselves are safe, but all whom your thoughts rest upon are thereby benefited.” (My. 210)

Further Study: A Bible character that illustrates well the quote above is that of Joseph
(Genesis 37-48). If you have a Bible storybook, you might want to read the story of his captivity in Egypt. Joseph always sought to do good, no matter how ill-treated he was. In the end, he was given power and the ability to save his family and the country from starvation. They were ALL filled — filled with food and with love and forgiveness!

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
Copyright 2002)

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