Did you know....
that God has given us many blessings?
This is the story about the Beatitudes.
As you learned before Jesus Sermon on the Mount was an important one. In this sermon He taught people that it was not enough for people to obey God on the outside so that others could see, it was important that truly changed in our hearts and meant the good work that we did. Jesus stressed that it’s not enough to just listen to God’s words, it’s about doing something – changing our hearts, and being kind and helping others.
Take a look at the word that each beautitude begins with – “blessed”. “Beatitudes” is an old Latin word that means “blessed”. The Beatitudes are a list of blessings from God.
What is a blessing? Just as parents give their children gifts out of love, so does God. God gives us gifts in the form of blessings. We may not have all the earthly things that we want, but God gives us the things he knows we need.
A good way to remember God’s blessings is to think of BE ATTITUDES – these are what our attitudes should BE. These are the opposite of ME ATTITUDES, which is when what we want is more important than Jesus and what He wants.
Let’s look at the "BE ATTITUDES" that Jesus began his Sermon on the Mount with:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Poor = not have enough. In spirit = with God. People who acknowledge their need and dependence on God will be rewarded with heaven. Those who are poor in spirit are those that are separated from God.
Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
People who are sad and experience a loss will be comforted. People may be sad about someone dying, something bad that is happening in the world, or sad about people who don’t believe in God. People may also be sad about something that they’ve done wrong.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Meek people are those who are humble, patient, gentle, and submissive. They usually think about others before themselves. They choose to resolve conflict without resorting to violence. If we put other people’s needs before our own we will go to heaven.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.
People who search for justice and see right versus wrong. We should desire to know Jesus, to study the Bible, and do what God wants.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Being merciful is having forgiveness, kindness, and compassion. If we are merciful to others, then God will show us mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Being pure of heart means being innocent, having a clean heart, and seeing God first in all situations and people. It also means that your motives for doing something are pure.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
Jesus wants us to work toward unifying people and ending arguments and wars. We should “make peace” with the people around us, heal relationships, and we must make peace with God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
People are sometimes mistreated, but God expects us to stand up for Him. Certain people may be against us when we are trying to do what is right. God blesses you when you are mocked because you are His follower.
Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Don’t stop worshipping God if someone laughs at you.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Be happy and glad for a great reward awaits you in heaven. Remember, the ancient prophets were perscecuted too.
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