Matthew 5:3-12…..This passage is known as the beatitudes, from the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew lists eight beatitudes with the preface “’blessed are those” (2:12) while Luke provides four in a different order and a different style “blessed are you.” (6:20-23) Most importantly, the substance of the message is the same. Jesus prefaced His sentences with the word “blessed.” (Happy, supremely joyful) In this text, our LORD gives us eight characteristics of blessed people. On each a present blessing is pronounced and a future promise. One author calls them the’ beautiful attitudes’ that describes the character of the Christian:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted
Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth
Blessed are those who 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 children of God:
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Blessed are you when men insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all manner of evil against you because of me; rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
A positive attitude turns “I can’t” and “I won’t” into “I can” and “I will.”
Heavenly Father, let your Word be our rule and guide-your Spirit be our teacher-and your greater-glory be our primary concern; in Jesus’ name we petition you. Amen!
Rev. Barbara McFarlane.