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Beatitudes

The last of the beatitudes is Matthew 5:10-12:  “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” II Timothy 3:12 leaves no doubt about persecution…

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The Peacemakers

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God”  Matthew 5:9 We all shop to buy more material possessions, yet we can’t buy the one thing that everyone wants.  We can’t buy peace.  Why do people always seem to be at war?  Where does war come from?  James 4:1 says:  “Where do wars and fights come from among you?  Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in…

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The Pure In Heart

The sixth beatitude is “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”  Matthew 5:8.  We may ask ourselves, “What does it mean to be pure in heart?”  The answer might be more easily understood by looking at what it means not to be pure in heart.  Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:24:  “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he…

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The Merciful

The fifth beatitude is “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” (Matthew 5:7)  We often think of someone who gives mercy as someone who is sentimental or soft-hearted.  This is not necessarily true.  Mercy can be defined as “compassion in action.”  Lamentations 3:22-23 says:  “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”  The LORD is not passive in His…

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Those Who Hunger and Thirst After Righteousness

The fourth beatitude is:  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness:  for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)  We might ask:  “What is righteousness?”  The better question would be:  “Who is righteousness?”  I Corinthians 1:30 says:  “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption.”  Jesus is our righteousness.  If we are hungering and thirsting after righteousness, we must be…

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Blessed Are The Meek

The third beatitude is “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)  The world says “Blessed are those who are mighty,” but God says “Blessed are the meek.”  Many are chasing after happiness when what they really want is blessedness. There is much misunderstanding about what meekness actually means.  Meekness is not a weakness as most of the world would think.  In fact, it is the opposite.  Meekness is strength under…

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Those Who Mourn

Matthew 5:4 says:  “Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.”  The world would say:  “Blessed are those that do not have to mourn.”  Jesus was not speaking about those who moan or have self-pity.  The world focuses on material possessions and power.  If we don’t have these, we tend to moan and complain.  But what was Jesus talking about when he said:  “Blessed are they that mourn”? The beatitudes are about character…

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The Poor in Spirit

The beatitudes might better be called the “attitude that ought to be.”  It is our attitude that is the key to God’s blessing.  The more we chase after happiness, the less likely we are to find it.  It is when we are about the Lord’s business of accomplishing His will for our lives, that happiness finds us.  Happiness comes from who we are, not by what we have.  Even if we are obedient to God,…

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