Matthew 5: 3-12
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for rightesousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for they also persecuted the prophets which were before you.
As we reflect on this passage of scripture, we are given a list of blessings. As you examine yourself, ask yourself, are you poor in spirit? Are you mourning? Are you meek? Do you hunger and thirst for righteousness? Are you merciful? Do you have a pure heart? Are you a peacemaker? Have you been persecuted for being a Christian? This portion of scripture is referred to as the beatitudes because these are the attitudes that we should have or BE. The good news is that we don’t have to try to do these on our own… if we were to try, we would ultimately fall short. Rather, these are the attitudes that God transforms in our hearts as we follow after Him. As believers, there will be times when we will mourn: and in those times, He will comfort us. When we have a pure heart, we will see God even more clearly. Reflect on His plan for you, rest knowing that He will never fail, He will always be there holding you up.