The Beatitudes are very section of the Sermon on the Mount which is found in Matthew chapter 5. One of the definitions of the Beatitude is: Supreme blessedness or happiness. It is these eight beatitudes (followed by a nineth) that Jesus choose to open His very first public semon.
1) 3“ Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
When I tell people that I am “poor” I am telling them that I have no money, or that I make very little money. I am telling people that I have very little in financial support. Poor people hang on to whatever they have even though it is not much.
When we are “poor in spirit” don’t have much support when it comes to our spiritual lives. Maybe, we are working in a place where there is not very many Christians. This could be work, school, prison, or even at home! But, those who are “poor in spirit” hang onto whatever spiritual support that they have.
Like many that are poor financially those that are “poor in spirit” pray for better ways to have spiritual support. Those that are “poor in spirit” will have their prayers answered, and will have “the kingdom of heaven”!
2) 4 Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.
We mourn, and grieve over many things in our lives! When we hear somebody mourning over something we tend to think of the death of a loved one. We will also mourn over a sudden change in our lives like children moving out of the house, losing a job, friends moving away, or even a tragedy. Lose is something that we will mourn over in some way.
When we turn to God during time of grief Him will comfort us! When it seems that we have lost everything in our lives God brings us new hope, and lifts us up above the pain.
3) 5 Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.
To be “meek” is to be gentle, or docile, especially under provocation from others. Being meek is not an easy thing to do! From time to time we are put into a situation that we have to decide if we are going to try to be meek, or put up a fight.
As Christians we are called to follow Christ’s example! During His ministry on Earth Jesus only physically demonstrated His anger once, and that was when He cleansed the Temple (Matthew 21:12,13). Other than that one account Jesus never looked for a fight, nor got violent with anybody. This shows for those who follow Christ that our fight is not against the physical world, but against the spiritual world (Ephesians 6:12).
It is one thing to have to defend yourself, and others around you, but to look for trouble is part of being a follower of Christ Jesus. If we know we are going to get into trouble by going to a certain place than maybe we should not go there. If you want to be meek than avoid trouble!
4) 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.
As followers of Christ Jesus we hunger, and thirst for His word! When we seek after His righteousness we will get it. We no longer desire the ways of the world because we will have all that we need!
Have you ever looked at some of the people in the world and ask yourself “Why are they doing the things that they do?” The answer is simple; they think that the world, and the things it offers, will fulfill their every need! They think money, sex, and power is all that they need. They go from lover to lover need finding what it is they truly need. But, in Christ we no longer have to search because we are feed what we need, and we never have to search again!
5) 7 Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.
Mercy is what we were given at the cross! Mercy is what we do not deserve! God gave us mercy for every evil, and for every sin that we have done to Him!
It is easy to desire revenge for the evil that somebody has done to us! We want them to suffer the same way they made us suffer. But, how Christ like are we being when we are ready to make somebody suffer for an earthly sin. We have done worth to God, and He gave us mercy for everything we have done.
There will be a time when somebody will come to you asking forgiveness for a crime they have done against you. We need to remember that at one time we were given mercy when we did not deserve it. If we were to think about it if don’t forgive those here on Earth of the sins they do to us will God forgive us of our sins against Him?
6) 8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
What does it mean to be “pure in heart”? You do not seek evil for evil! You are merciful to others! You seek that leads you to a godly life! You love other as you would have them love you! Basically, you don’t seek the things of this world!
I have known many people that call themselves Christian, and are not pure at heart! They are womanizers, drunkard, vengeful, unmerciful, jealous, and unthankful. They go by the Christian, but don’t live the lifestyle.
If you want to be pure at heart read about the Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-26), and it will show what is in a pure heart.
7) 9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
To be a peace maker is to a person that will put themselves between two other parties to stop a possible violent out come. It is always easy to walk away for a situation and say that it not your problem. But, it takes a special person to be willing to risk themselves to try to generate peace. It does not have to be a physical confrontation that you are dealing with in it could also be a dispute between Christians that you are called to intervene in.
When trying to be a peace maker you need to have God on your side! You need to be asking God to give you wisdom to stop the conflict even if it means that you are the bad guy!
8) 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
There are people that will make fun of you for standing up for your Christian faith! Even those that call themselves Christian will make fun of you for not following the crowd. I have seen preachers laughed at for speaking out against what people watch on T.V. I have witnessed young adult being called obscene name for not wanting to have sex until they get married.
We need to remember that we will have a reward for enduring this kind of persecution! Striving to be pure, and righteous will get us into Heaven!
9) 11 “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Christians in America are blessed that we are not truly persecuted for be Christians! Unfortunately, it is not that way in most parts of the world! Many parts of the world Christianity is outlawed, and those who are practicing Christians are imprisoned, murdered, and lose all their property.
Being persecuted for Christ, and never giving in, has the ultimate reward, Heaven! To give in to the persecution, and keep all you hold dear is the easiest thing to do, but to endure the physical, and emotional pain to the end shows that Christianity is worth dying for.