Out of these roots come the shoots of the fourth beatitude, a hunger and thirst for righteousness (5:6). God uses the root of seeing our own need to produce the shoot of a deep longing to grow in righteousness. When the roots of the first three beatitudes are nourished, a great desire for righteousness will spring up in our life. Continuing the metaphor, the roots produce the shoots, and the shoots bear fruit. The fruit of this blessed and Godly life is, first, mercy or forgiveness (5:7), then purity (5:8), and finally peace (5:9).
- Matthew 5:1 - 12