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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…