Matthew 5:1-12 (KJV)
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Over the next few weeks, we are going to go through the scriptures above. The Beatitudes are not about salvation. They are about God’s grace. They are what we can expect when we live for God.
When you read them, it seems like it is the opposite of what happiness is. At least, the world’s version of happiness. We all not the world’s version usually brings misery. So, over the next few weeks, we will look at them and talk about what they mean. Let’s start with the first one.
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
What I believe this verse is talking about is humility. Many verses in the Bible talk about humility. God wants us humble and discourages pride, which is the complete opposite of humility. When we humble ourselves and accept God’s gift of salvation, we are blessed. When we humble ourselves and allow God to work through our lives, we are blessed. Being prideful and refusing God will only bring misery.
So, this week let’s focus on the times that we humbled ourselves and the blessings we received.
Is there an area in your life that God wants humility from you?