“Blessed are the humble, those who mourn, those who are long-suffering, those who hunger for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those who are persecuted for righteousness sake.” Matthew 5:3-11 Amplified
Jesus is teaching to all who would listen to what we know as the Beatitudes, these are the attitudes as a believer we should be or have. I like how the Amplified Bible interprets the meaning of blessed, it says – “happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous with life joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions.” Wow! That’s awesome. My understanding of this is if we allow God to work through us and BE in us the way Jesus lists these behaviors, then we will be blessed. It won’t matter what we’re going through, we will have life joy and satisfaction in God’s favor, knowing He will take care of us.
Let’s take a closer look at the eight attitudes that Christ tells us to have. 1. To be humble. Now that doesn’t mean you’re a doormat for everyone, you humble yourself to God. When we become a believer we trade our earthly life for eternal life, we give our rights to defend our self to Him. When you think about it I’d rather have Him defending me over me doing it myself anyway. 2. To mourn. I never really understood this one, are you mourning a loved one who has passed on or something else you’ve lost? I believe now He means, to be soft-hearted about the things that God is soft-hearted about, like the lost, the widows, the orphans, killing of innocent children. Are you sad about the spiritual state of other people. I believe that’s what He means. 3. To be long-suffering. Do you have patience? We have so little of that today, in our instant society we don’t like waiting much at all, even on God. One thing that may help us with patience is the thought of eternity, that’s a long time. 4. To hunger for righteousness. Do we seek to do what’s pleasing to the Lord and encourage other people to do so as well? Hunger is a desire, in this case a desire to do what makes God happy. 5. To be merciful. Don’t we all want mercy when we’ve done something wrong? The best way to receive mercy is to first give it and we do that through forgiving others of what they’ve done to us. 6. To be pure in heart. What are your motives? Why do you do what you do? Why do you say what you say? If your thoughts were put up on a big screen for all to see would they be pure? 7. To be a peacemaker. Are you known to others as calm and peaceful or always stirring things up? If there’s a dispute between two people are you trying to mend the fences or picking sides? 8. To be persecuted. We tend to think about this as someone picking on us. This was evidently a common thought as the Lord goes on to explain this one in greater detail later. Suffice it to say He means persecution for the sake of the Gospel, we may well see that more and more as our beliefs come under attack here in the U.S.
The great news of the Gospel is that Jesus tells us what the blessings are that we will get when we allow Him to live in and through us. The humble receive the Kingdom of heaven, those who mourn are comforted, the patient will inherit the earth, those who hunger for righteousness are completely satisfied, those who are merciful shall obtain mercy, the pure in heart shall see God, peacemakers will be called the sons of God, those persecuted have a great reward in heaven.
The Amplified Bible also describes the blessings Jesus gives as “a happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His matchless grace.” How beautiful!