“The Beatitudes” come from the opening verses of the famous Sermon on the Mount delivered by Jesus and recorded in Matthew 5:3-12. Here Jesus states 8 blessings, each beginning with the phrase, "Blessed are ..." Each saying speaks of a blessing or "divine favor" and states “ happy is the one who possesses this attitude.
I heard them put this way, “The Beatitudes are the attitudes that ought to be.” In other words, Jesus was saying "divinely happy and fortunate are" those who possess these inward qualities.
1. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” With this phrase, "poor in spirit," Jesus was speaking of our spiritual condition of poverty—the recognition of our need for God. We come to the cross empty handed. "The kingdom of heaven" refers to people who acknowledge God as their King – Christ as their Savior. They have a heart that longs for God.
2. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” "Those who mourn" speaks of those who express deep sorrow and grief over sin, and come to the Lord in repentance from their sins. The freedom found in the forgiveness of sins and the joy of eternal salvation is the "comfort" to those that possess this attitude.
3. “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Similar to "the poor," "the meek" are those who submit to God's authority, making Him Lord. It is “meekness” not “weakness.” This is the attitude of a student to a teacher, an employee to the employer, a solder to an Officer.
4. “Blessed arethose who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” "Hunger and thirst" speaks of a deep need and a driving passion. You want it bad. You must have it. You will not be satisfied without it. It is the "righteousness" of the Lord, Jesus Christ, we seek.
5. “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Simply put, we reap what we sow. Those who demonstrate mercy will receive mercy. Likewise, those who know great mercy will show great mercy. And it produces mercy that is shown to others through forgiveness and also by offering kindness and compassion toward others.
6. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” The "pure in heart" are those who have been cleansed from within. This is not talking about outward righteousness seen by men, but inward holiness that only God can see. So this attitude helps us to know God, to have an understanding of God.
7. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” The Bible says we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. No God – No peace ... Know God – Know Pease. Reconciliation through Jesus Christ brings restored fellowship (peace) with God. That means others will know us as God’s children.
8. “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Just as Jesus faced persecution, (because of the way He lived) so he promised his followers persecution. Those who endure because of their faith rather than hiding their righteousness to avoid persecution are genuine followers of Christ.
A fascinating study on the principle of the Golden Rule was conducted by Bernard Rimland, found that "The happiest people are those who help others." What really makes people satisfied with their lives? Amazingly, the secret may lie in a person's ability to handle life's blows without blame or bitterness. Let The Beatitudes live in you.