“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)
In the Beatitudes, Jesus points to “blessedness” (“happiness”). John Baker, in his book ‘Life’s Healing Choices’ describes them as God’s pathways to “wholeness, growth and spiritual maturity”.
Of course, the truths that are contained in the Beatitudes are all through Scripture. They’re pathways to becoming all the person God wants us to be. The story of Jacob in Genesis 31 & 32 describes his struggle “I won’t let go unless you bless me” (Genesis 32:26) and his conversion, his filling with righteousness - ‘Your name will no longer be Jacob, but ISRAEL … Then he blessed him there. So, Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, ‘It is because I saw God face to face … (Genesis 32_28-30).