The Beatitudes: Living a Blessed Life
Daily Bible Reading – 1 Samuel 20,21; Psalm 34; Matthew 5
Today’s Key Passage – Matthew 5:1-12
When you think of being blessed what comes to mind? For many people, the idea of being blessed has shifted over time away from God’s ideal definition. Today, some people think that being blessed comes down to their circumstances. If they have a lot of money or possessions or if they have a relatively happy marriage, they feel blessed. Jesus, however, had a slightly different definition of blessed. When He spoke about being blessed, he was talking about more than just happiness about our circumstances. He was talking about a feeling of hope and joy that only comes from following Him. He was talking about eternal joy as opposed to earthly happiness. In the first part of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave us the Beatitudes, which were a series of statements about what it means to be truly blessed. In today’s key passage, we will examine each of these Beatitudes to find out how to live a blessed life:
- “Blessed are the poor in spirit” - A person who is poor in spirit is not the same as a person who is “poor spirited”. He or she is someone who has an honest opinion of his or her spiritual condition. The person who will admit he is sinful is well on his way to faith in Christ for salvation.
- “Blessed are those who mourn” - The heart that mourns over sin is the heart that will confess and find the comfort of forgiveness. Initially people will find the forgiveness of salvation. After salvation, people will find the comfort of forgiveness for sins that they confess.
- “Blessed are the meek” - Being Biblically meek is being in submission to God. Being meek does not indicate a lack of strength, but rather strength that is under God’s control.
- “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness”- To hunger and thirst after righteousness should be a characteristic of every Christian. We should want to please God by doing what is right. We should hunger and thirst for the things of God and His Word.
- “Blessed are the merciful” - As followers of Christ, we should show mercy toward others simply because of the mercy God has shown us. None of us deserves to be saved, but God has saved us anyway because of His great mercy. When we understand our own forgiveness, we will be better able to show mercy toward others.
- “Blessed are the pure in heart” - Many people concern themselves with what other people see about them. They think appearance or actions are key because they want others to believe they are righteous. God, however, looks only at our hearts. What we have in our heart is what matters to Him, so we should do everything we can to keep our hearts pure.
- “Blessed are the peacemakers” - There are two main ways in which we can be peacemakers. We can be peacemakers between man and man by how we treat others and by avoiding things like gossip and strife. We can be peacemakers between man and God by sharing our faith with others and leading them to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
- “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness” - Many Christians may face persecution because of their faith in Jesus, but we can take comfort in knowing that there is an eternal reward in Heaven.
If you truly want to live a blessed life, consider living by the Beatitudes. Jesus has provided us with a blueprint for what it means to be blessed, and to achieve the hope and joy that comes with being blessed through Him, all we have to do is follow His instructions.
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Posted on April 18, 2013, in 01 - Matthew and tagged Beatitude, Bible, Blessings, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, God, Godly Living, Jesus, Religion, Sermon on the Mount. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.