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.
“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.
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.
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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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