Poor and Mournful People

Beatitudes, Matthew 5:3. Poor in spirit. Those who mourn. Sermon on the mount.

The sermon on the Mount found in the Gospel of Matthew offers us a glimpse into a way of life that pleases God. As contrasted with the Ten Commandments that tell us what not to do, the eight Beatitudes offers us an approach to peaceful living in a chaotic world. During June, my blog will dig deeper into these beautiful words of Christ.

The Beatitudes offers us an approach to peaceful living in a chaotic world. Click To Tweet

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

Early in my faith walk, I used to think that this beatitude required me to reject all worldly possessions to follow Christ. As I grew in my faith, I learned that “poor in spirit” refers to the condition of our hearts and not our wallets. Christ calls us to be humble servants for Him. When we are humble, we think of others before ourselves. We seek peace with our brothers and sisters instead of trying to get our way. Humility allows our hearts to be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit. God calls us to serve others, pray for our neighbors and love our enemies.

“Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

The closer we come to Christ, the more we see the true nature of man since original sin. We must learn to mourn for the sins in our life as well as for the sins of the world. When we acknowledge our fallen nature, God will comfort us with His presence and forgiveness. Mourning is called blessed because our eyes are open to what God has to offer us for a better future with Him. Sharing the Good News of Christ with our neighbors provides them with God’s comfort.

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These first two beatitudes teach us about our feelings towards others around us. Christ calls us to think of others first and to grieve our sins. In so doing, we are drawing closer to God and preparing our hearts for our eternal homes. Praying for the Fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians 5:22 can help us develop our hearts to live the type of life outlines in beatitudes. Those fruits are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Blessings,

Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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6 thoughts on “Poor and Mournful People

  1. The fruit of the Spirit has been a focus area for me lately–they are like the centre point I look to to check if what I am doing is evoking them. So grateful for God’s word to show us the way to show us how to be peace in this chaotic world. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and teachings here.

  2. Emily Saxe | To Unearth

    I love how you point out right off the bat that this is about our hearts. Because once we understand that, our actions will flow from a Spirit-led direction.

  3. A great explanation of the first two teachings of Christ from the Sermon in the Mount. I love your summation: “Christ calls us to think of others first and to grieve our sins. In so doing, we are drawing closer to God and preparing our hearts for our eternal homes.“ Well said!

  4. Yvonne, this will be a wonderful series for June. Looking forward to every post. And I never thought about how the Beatitudes are the opposite of the do-not commandments. They are to-do attitudes from the Lord. Love this line, “As I grew in my faith, I learned that “poor in spirit” refers to the condition of our hearts and not our wallets.”

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