To be or not to be…that is the question.
Discussion text taken from Matthew 5: 3-10
This is a popular sermon that Jesus presented, called the Sermon on the Mount. The beatitude is defined in the dictionary as “supreme blessedness” or “exalted happiness”. How many of us want to be supremely blessed and exaltedly happy. So now let’s get into what 8 attitudes we need to be or exhibit in order to be blessed according to the word of God.
- Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. When you hear poor in spirit, does it mean depressed? No. It means humble. Devoid of pride in accepting the grace of God. Pride and anger = seek revenge for wrong. If all were poor in spirit there would be no war.
- Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. In some parts of the world, there are professional mourners who get paid to come and cry at funerals. They get comforted all right, with dollar bills. But the mourning in this context refers to deep regrets for ours and the sins of others. What mankind has lost since the fall of Adam. Mourning leads to repentance after which we can be comforted by the comforter which is the Holy Spirit. “I will send you the comforter that He may abide with you forever.”-John 14:16.
- Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. Meek doesn’t mean being a doormat or a push-over. It is about being gentle and kind. If you consider what the most attractive qualities found in people you like, you could learn that kindness is at the top of the list. So it is not farfetched to see how such people can inherit the earth. Usually this attitude comes as a fruit of the spirit you get from obedience and submission to the will of God.
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied. You know the saying “be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. This is called a self-fulfilling prophesy. The Christian life is no different. If you desire holiness, you will find yourself growing more and more so each day by the power of God through the Holy Spirit. Amen.
- Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. Do I hear someone say “Lord, have mercy” How about you have mercy huh! In the Lord’s Prayer, it says “Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against. When God forgives, he remembers your sins no more. We can take a hint to treat each other that way.
- Blessed are the pure at heart, for they shall see God. Moses, John and Paul all asserted in their writings that no one can see God and live. So for Jesus to say the pure in heart shall see God. That’s a high honour,-a big deal. To be pure in heart means to be unselfish, not self-seeking, without personal gain.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. We all know you can’t give what you don’t have. So, first the Lord wants us to be filled with the spirit of peace so we can also bring it to others that need it. In so doing, we are imitating God and so can be called his children. Like father like son, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree etc.…
- Bless are those who are persecuted for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. My first thought when I saw this is “so the poor in spirit and the persecuted are going to share in the Kingdom of heaven. But seriously though, you know Christians are still being persecuted for their faith. Church bombings, displacements or how in small ways in society today when you are considered less intelligent or uncool because of your faith in Jesus Christ.