Beatitudes Part One

The sermon on the Mount found in the Gospel of Matthew. These words offer 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 this month, my blog will dig deeper into these beautiful words of Christ.

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“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. He offers us 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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29 thoughts on “Beatitudes Part One

  1. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    Praying for everyone who feels poor in spirit today. We are His children and He loves us.Thank you for sharing about the Beatitudes.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thank you and yes we need to pray for those who are poor in Spirit. God bless

  2. Ava James – An indie author and lifestyle blogger. Words burst out at the most inappropriate times. Passion filled letters, impatiently exploding onto the page or screen when I'm consumed with something else. Besides life would be dull and boring if writing was straightforward. When away from her writing she works full time as a medico-legal professional. In her spare time she enjoys an adventure from the outdoors to dancing and anything sporty.
    Ava

    I prayed this over all those l know who may be feeling low today. Thank you for your great insights.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      That is wonderful Ava. We all need to do so. God bless

      1. I have been reflecting on the Beatitudes as well lately, as I struggle with depression. I like the way you contrasted the ten commandments “thou shalt not” with the positively phrased beatitudes. As a preschool teacher, we are taught to always phrase things positively: “walking feet” instead of “don’t run;” “gentle touches,” not “don’t hit.” Excellent post!

      2. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
        Yvonne

        Thanks Candice. I like the idea of phrasing things positively because some people respond better. God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Stephanie. We can learn so many interesting things as we study the Bible. God e

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Jessica. Through mourning, I became closer to God. God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Emily

  3. I love your observations about the humility of “poor in spirit” and the idea that the Beatitudes bring peace in a chaotic world. I would say that if we follow the Ten Commandments, they are meant to do the same.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Amen Beth.

  4. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    nancyehead

    “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.”

    The sins of the world affect us more than we realize. Mourning is apt.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      It really is so important for us to mourn mankind’s sinfulness. Thanks Nancy.

  5. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    I love this: “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.” This is something I’ve been digging into deeply since the new year. It’s an essential component of our growth, and something about my chronic pain and my age is drawing me closer to the Lord for refining. I love when you do series like this, Yvonne. Can’t wait to read the rest of the Beatitudes as you write about them.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Melinda. We must think of others first and it is not easy to do. God bless

      1. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
        Melinda Viergever Inman

        That’s really true the older I get and the worse I feel. Who knew!

      2. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
        Yvonne

        Getting old is not for the faint of heart that is for sure especially with chronic issues.

      3. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
        Melinda Viergever Inman

        Truth!

  6. Unmasking the Mess – I'm a wife, mother, writer and Jesus follower. I make a lot of messes or seem to get into messes. I honestly admit that I need help from God every day. Unmask the mess with me and find out why messes might be good.
    Julie Loos

    Love this, “Mourning is called blessed because our eyes are open to what God has to offer us. He offers us a better future with Him.” If more people understood this…there would be less addiction, less hopelessness etc.

    Thank you for the inspiration today!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      You are welcome Julie. If we only understood many things fully, life would be so different

  7. Thank you for clarifying the meaning behind ‘poor in spirit.’ I can remember thinking the same as you, that it pertained to my possessions or financial status. As you said, it’s really an attitude of the heart. Are we thinking of others above ourselves? The kingdom of heaven belongs to people with this poor spirit. Heaven cannot hold people with a heart of selfishness and pride.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      So very true Marcie. We must empty ourselves to the world in order to obtain Christ. God bless

  8. “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.” Love this, Yvonne. Not sure why many people think neither the Ten Commandments or the Beatitudes from Jesus sermon apply to us and Christian living. But oh, how that’s wrong thinking. Thanks for a beautiful post, looking forward to the others.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Karen. We are here to set the example so we must follow Christ whole heartedly. God bless

  9. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    What a wonderful series to share! I love Jesus’ teachings through the beatitudes. They are counter to everything we naturally feel and think. But we must remember and stay connected to God’s Word in order to keep realigning ourselves with His truth over ours. Thank you and God bless!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks Melissa. The world wants to pull us away from these kind of teachings so I thought it was important to revisit

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