Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Jesus has many important things to say as part of His Sermon on the Mount. As part of the beatitudes, this teaching on righteousness is just as important.
We should earnestly seek righteousness. This means that people get what they deserve, both good and bad. We should seek justice for sin and mercy for the repentant.
Our problem is that we don’t truly know who is good and who is bad and should not seek to exact justice on our own. We should be merciful whenever in doubt.
There are times that God carries out justice on earth however. Even though it seems unloving, we should rejoice when God carries out justice on wicked people. It is not our place to carry out vengeance but when God does so we should be thankful for God’s righteousness just as much as we are thankful when a person repents. Regardless of how God’s righteousness is displayed, we should be happy to witness it.
As is discussed in “Learning Righteousness”, we don’t know the mind of God. We shouldn’t be quick to proclaim a tragedy as an act of God’s punishment. But even so, we can praise God when the righteous are spared and the wicked receive their due.