The Beatitudes are a well-known portion of scripture. Because it is so well known, it’s a treasure that can be overlooked. Maybe having explanation to this poetic, truth laden passage can enlighten you to more of its meaning and punctuate its value to you personally.
Now when Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and He began to teach them. He said:
3.”Blessed are the poor in spirit
(humble, realizing our spiritual poverty),
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
(in this state we are teachable and able to receive the good news which qualifies us to have the kingdom of God live inside of us).
4.Blessed are those who mourn
(specifically, this would be referring to mourning over our sin),
for they will be comforted
(how beautiful that we are not chastised when we mourn over our sin, but instead, comforted).
5.Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth
(their serenity helps them to find the maximum of true joy in all conditions of).
6.Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
(who seek after God),
for they will be filled
(what a promise that God himself brings total satisfaction to our spiritual void).
7.Blessed are the merciful
(those who show forgiveness and compassion),
for they will be shown mercy
(how lovely that our Lord gives back to us what He requires of us).
8.Blessed are the pure in heart
(singleness of heart and a desire to please God),
for they will see God again, how glorious is His love for us
(We will one day be in His presence).
9. Blessed are the peacemakers
(those who bring reconciliation through the message of peace),
for they will be called children of God
(for those who know HIM will testify that peace is the hallmark of one who knows God and is His child).
Those who know Jesus have an opportunity to walk with God every step of the way, each day of their lives. Let us fix our eyes on the only One who is our Helper.
Hebrews 12:2…fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.