As I have always love the passages know as The Beatitudes, I thought it would good to go through and search out the significance of each of the blessing. May the Lord grant that we find more of the blessings in ourselves.
The sum of the passages come from Matthew 5:1-12. In Verse 1-2, we see the Lord upon the hill, and the multitude that had come to follow Him gathering around on the hillside. This great following that came for various reasons, be it the miracles the had heard of or the calling on their hearts from God. People from all walks of life, joined together in hopes to see this great Man of God. Some sitting, some standing, some walking about seeking a better view of the man called Jesus.
Then He sat down on the hillside and looked about at His People, men and women, children of all ages, come to learn of the will of Father, in that troubled time, and that from the One they heard was the coming Messiah. His disciples started to gather around Him, maybe a little protective teacher, maybe just enjoying the warmth of the day as their teacher took a rest there on the hillside. Then He looked around at all those gathered, and spoke to His disciples, possibly pointing to the crowd around them, pointing out the various groups of individuals. As he said....
"Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted."
"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."
"Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after 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 righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
Blessed are the poor in spirit... Not just poor in the daily needs of this world, for they can obtain their needs, but poor in spirit. Those that seek so long and hard after the Lord, struggling daily to do His will, and not quite reaching it. The struggles of life always seeming to get them down, keeping them from gaining that great blessing they seek so long for in this life... for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn... Not just those that have lost a loved one, or friend , but they that suffer lost daily. Their family turning against them, friend not seeming to care, bills too much to handle, no matter how hard they try. Life itself made such a burden, and they weep for the trials they must endure. All for the sake of doing what is right in the eyes of God... for they shall be comforted... "For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." (Rev. 7:17)
Blessed are the meek... The humbled, the down trodden, the oppressed, those quiet ones that are put upon and yet remain silent. Knowing they are not worthy of the slightest blessing of God, even though they do more to prove their worth than any. Those that make themselves the lowly servant, giving of themselves to the full, and taking nothing for it... for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness... Like the man starving , without water, lost in a desert, burning in the sun's heat. Seeking beneath every bush and low place for shade, or the slightest drop of moisture. The one who seeks so diligently for ever scrap and crumb that can fill the longing within his soul... for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful... Not the fair judge who gives a good ruling, but the individual that lays their life out for the sake of another, even though the other was the most vile. The one willing to set all things aside, not for a loved one, but for an enemy. The one who would forgive the murderer, even as they were being killed. The one who would truly lay down his own life, that those who hate him most would know the Love of God... for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart... The child, kicked and beaten by it's parents, and still shows them love. The poor widow that would still open her heart and home to feed a traveling bum on the streets, because she knows it was someone’s child. The broken, the lame, the blind, the crippled, that still smiles and tells a lost rich man how much God loves them... for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers... bold yet loving, courageous yet kind, placing themself between two battling groups, knowing neither shall yield, and may yet turn on them as well. one who is willing to give up their own life, that peace may come, and this with no thanks or gratitude if and when it does. The one willing to stand boldly before and angry friend, wiling to take blows, so that another would see in them the need to seek peace with the other... for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake... When friends put you down for seeking a bible study instead of ball game. When family laughs at you for losing a job, because you would rather go to church on Sunday. when you are mocked for being too nice for stranger that will never help you. When they call you a freak for spending so much time studying your bible. when people laugh as you turn the other cheek, not wanting to bring trouble on the one who do you wrong. Because people call you weak when you smile at you trouble. When others turn on you for breaking up a fight between friends... for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you."
When we, in our Christian walk, are condemned by the world for being a follower of Christ... Why do we not seek to praise God loadly in that moment.. rejoicing and being "exceedingly glad" that we too could be put upon, even as Christ was. We pray greatly that we would be more like Jesus, and when things come against us, we grumble that the Lord would test us... Is it not more so that He is answering our prayer to be more like His SON.. Remember.. Jesus was crucified.