The “Sermon on the Mount” is in Matthew chapter 5 in the Bible. It is not the way to be saved. In His sermon, Christ teaches the way children of God should live and the attitudes they should strive to have. The eight Beatitudes, as they are called in verses 2-10, are how we are to be blessed by actions and qualities each child of God demonstrates and possesses. They are a set of instructions to those who already accept Jesus as their Savior and have repented or turned away from their sins. Reading, studying, and understanding the Beatitudes will guide a child of God to having Christ’s attitude-which is Jesus’ example of how we all are supposed to live. Having Christ’s attitude will ensure we live blessed and fulfilling lives.
There are eight Beatitudes: (NKJV)
1. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
2. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
3. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
4. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”
5. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”
6. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
7. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
8. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.” (NKJV)
What does blessed mean? It means being happy or having pleasure in something. God wants to bless us and make us happy inside. In this beatitude, Jesus is talking about “the poor in spirit” referring to someone who is feeling low, down and out, or depressed. It also means they are humble in spirit meaning that someone is not caught up in being proud thinking they are better than someone else. In Proverbs 3:34 it says, “Surely He scorns the scornful, but gives grace to the humble” (NKJV). What does scorn or scornful mean? Scorn means dislike and scornful means some that are disliked. What is grace? Grace is help given to people by God. God dislikes those that are bad and corrects them and gives grace or help to the humble (those not proud or bold). In James 4:6, “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble” (KNJV). God gives the humble high places in heaven for obeying Him and worshiping Him. So “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven” basically means there are rewards in Heaven due to our being poor in spirit and humbling ourselves in worship of God as He will lift us up in His love and give us his kingdom. The attitude of being humble reaps great rewards from God.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (NKJV)
Have you ever lost a friend, or maybe a parent, or grandparent died and you felt sad? Well the feelings you felt were mourning. Mourn or mourning means to be sad, grieving, lonely depressed, or down and out. The Bible tells us we will be comforted and reap healing and rewards in Heaven. Revelation 21:4 says. “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, no sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (NKJV). All bad things that happen to us will all be gone along with the bad feelings and God will comfort us. Even before we get to Heaven, when we mourn or feel sad, lonely or depressed, if we pray to God, He will comfort us and lift up our spirit. His promises are real, so happy or
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” The attitude of mourning or being sorrowful is an act of caring and God will comfort us during this trying time.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (NKJV)
What does meek mean? It means not violent and able to endure much without complaining. Why do the meek inherit the earth? It says in Psalm 37:11, “But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in abundance of peace” (NKJV). The Lord delights in the meek for they show that they are able to endure trials without becoming violent or evil. Psalm 37:13 says, “For the wicked their day is coming and the
Lord laughs at them” (NKJV). The meek are quiet in trials and tribulation and spiritually stronger than those who are evil and act out being mean and attacking others. Inheriting the earth means that the submissive and peaceful meek person will over come evil in the world and is considered blessed by God. They will always be taken care of and will not only inherit the earth but the kingdom of God. Having the attitude of meekness is a trait that God expects of his children. It does not mean you are weak. It means the opposite; you are strong and faithful to the end, therefore inheriting what God has built.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (NKJ)
What does it mean to hunger in this beatitude? It means to hunger, yearn, or want to do good according to God’s word, the Bible, and His righteousness. Basically, it means to want to do good and do what is right which is righteousness. In Luke 1:53 it says, “He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty” (NKJV). When we hunger or want to do what is right in God’s eyes we are blessed and filled with his love and His spirit. Our attitude should be to always strive to be righteous. Not proudly but seeking God’s word in how to act and react to situations in life. Always doing what is right and seeking the Lord’s will to be done in all situations. We are to hunger for God’s word and to be like Christ and hunger for holiness and God will fill us with his love and peace.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” (NKJV)
What does mercy or merciful mean? It means showing compassion and providing relief for others. How we treat others comes back around to how we are treated. If we treat others with forgiveness and compassion God will bless us and have favor on us. Psalm 41:1 says: “Blessed is he who considers the poor; The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.” (NKJV) Praying for others and helping them in their time of need are acts of mercy. God first had mercy on us when He gave his one and only Son to die in our place, so therefore we should have mercy on others. In doing, so mercy comes back around to us.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (NKJV)
What does it mean to be “pure in heart?” What is pure? It means honorable, holy, without guilt or sin, righteous in God’s sight through His son Jesus. Being pure in heart means our hearts are without blame or sin, we are blameless before God. Psalm 15:2 says: “He who walks uprightly and works righteousness and speaks the truth in his heart will dwell in God’s holy hill.” (NKJV) Psalm 24:4-5 says: “He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully, he shall receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from God of his salvation.” (NKJV) Therefore, if we keep our hearts pure and seek God in all things we shall be certain of seeing God at work in our lives on earth and be with God in Heaven when we die.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (NKV)
What is a peacemaker? Peacemakers keep peace with others and make peace during fights. Peacemakers are considered children of God. They are servants who serve and keep peace in their lives and those around them. They love unconditionally, therefore promoting peace and harmony in life. This is the kind of life Jesus led and showed us that we should follow His example. It is then that peacemakers will be called sons of God because they conduct themselves like Jesus.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteous sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (NKJV)
What does it mean by being “persecuted for righteous sake?” It means cause to
suffer, harass, punish, ridicule or tease someone because of their faith. “Righteous sake” means persecuted for Christ. What does it mean “for theirs is the kingdom of heaven?” It means that the Christian will be rewarded for their devotion to God. 1 Peter 3:14 says: “But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake, you are blessed. And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.” (NKJV) 1 Peter 3:17 says: “For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than doing evil.” (NKJV) So in doing good and
being persecuted for following Jesus our reward from God will be inheriting His kingdom and living with Jesus and God forever.
Those are the eight beatitudes that Jesus gave us to follow so we can learn to be more like him in our Christian life. Following these beatitudes will give us the attitude adjustment we need to live a life worthy of receiving many blessings from God.
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