GOD gives us guidelines…no demands. We have Free Will. These are the keys…
It’s your choice…
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Humility is something we must challenge ourselves to. It’s not easy for we are born with pride. This is the downfall of Lucifer, after all.
If you replace the word poor with ‘humble’ , you begin to get the picture. Pride can take all kinds of forms, but the worst is spiritual pride. Often the richer we are in things, the poorer we are in our hearts.
Our soul is empty without GOD in it. When the Bible says ‘my cup runneth over’ (Psalm 23:5), this is what I think it truly means. To be completely filled with the Holy Spirit.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Of course, this applies to loved one’s we have lost. Of this, there is no doubt. But, this also applies to people in our lives which we have lost because of choices made. I can relate to this one specifically. It’s not that the person I speak of has died, but I have lost them as far as a relationship which was once there but now it gone. This person is someone GOD gave me, but the love we once shared is gone. This person is still within my life and I love them dearly but the once closeness we shared is no longer a reality. You may know what I mean. This relates to religion. Because I am a Believer and they are not, it has effected our lifelong relationship. This person is my blood…my family. But, it’s changed and will never be the same.
I mourn this daily, and it hurts so badly. It’s not like a person who has died and gone from your life. The pain exists on a daily basis because they are my family and because of this the pain cannot and does not have time to wane. No, the opposite. The pain lingers daily and causes much pain.
Because of this GOD knows my pain, and HE guides me. Try as I may, it’s difficult but I am pulling away from this person. I love them deeply but GOD is revealing to me that HE is more important than anything or anyone. Therefore HE helps me with the ongoing pain I am suffering. HE is comforting me.
Are you experiencing the same issues? Leave it in GOD’S Hands. Please. I know for a fact if you don’t you will only cause yourself more pain in the long run. LET GO-LET GOD.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Considering the times we live in now, this one should be easy for a Believer to understand. We are being subjected to sacrifices and suffering as a result of our beliefs. The world we live in now exists with us as the minority. In fact, we are being used as examples of ‘terrorists’ or worse. I recently saw pictures of Christians crucified on a cross in the Middle East because of their belief in Jesus Christ.
A servant’s heart is the crux of the second aspect of meekness: reticence to assert ourselves for ourselves. We exercise power, but for the benefit of all people, not just ourselves. The second aspect is captured by Psalm 37:1-11a, which begins with, “Do not fret because of the wicked,” and ends with “the meek shall inherit the land.” It means we curb our urge to avenge the wrongs done against us, and instead use whatever power we have to serve others. It flows from the sorrow for our own weaknesses that comprises the second beatitude. If we feel sorrow for our own sins, can we really feel vengeful over the sins of others?
It does not mean that we should deny our strengths and abilities. When asked if he was the Messiah, Jesus Christ replied, “The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me” (Matt. 11:4-6). He had neither an inflated self-image nor an inferiority complex, but a servant’s heart based on what Paul would later call “sober judgment” (Romans 12:3).
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
In ancient Judaism, righteousness meant “to acquit, vindicate, restore to a right relationship.”
Hunger is a part of life, but to hunger for righteousness is in effect to be like Jesus Christ. And seeking Jesus Christ is the most fulfilling part of life that you can experience.
I believe there is another part to this too. To seek to find others who need Jesus Christ in their lives. Do you see someone who needs Jesus Christ in their life? Then, go serve your King!
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Mercy consists of treating people better than they deserve from us. Forgiveness is a type of mercy. We are to aid others to attain their best outcomes, regardless of how we feel about them.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Integrity goes well beyond avoiding deceit and bad behavior. The root of integrity is wholeness, meaning that our actions are not choices we put on or take off as may seem convenient, but stem from the whole of our being.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
In a fallen world, the tendency is to ignore conflict or suppress it by using force, threat, or intimidation. But both of those are violations of the integrity of the people in conflict.
The result of conflict resolution is peace, and peacemakers will be called “children of God.” They will reflect the divine character in their actions.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Up to this point, the beatitudes have focused on humility, meekness, right relationships, mercy, purity of heart, and peacemaking—all positive qualities. But Jesus includes the possibility of “persecution for righteousness’ sake.”
If we fail through our own fault, we should expect to suffer negative consequences. Jesus is talking about the blessing of being persecuted for doing right.
This definitely applies to the current world we live in. Right is wrong and wrong is right! But we must make a stand! Do what’s right, no matter the consequence.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
If you are a follower of Jesus living the beatitudes, you matter. You have an important role to play because you are the salt of the earth. Salt preserves and Christians help preserve what is good in the culture.
Note that salt, to be effective, must be in contact with the meat or fish it is to preserve. To be effective, we must be involved where we work and where we live.
You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot. You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. (Matt. 5:13-16)