The Beatitudes

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  • The Beatitudes
    • 1) Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
      • Being poor in spirit suggests an attitude of mind, an approach of life based on humility and morality rather than one of excess and self-centeredness
      • God is close to the poor because they understand a need for him
      • Living a Christian life means living a simple life and being detached  from wealth
    • 2) Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the Earth
      • Humble people put God first and themselves last
      • Jesus gave himself in the service of others
      • People who are meek put the concerns of other people before their own
      • They recognise the dignity of the human person and they are rewarded
    • 3) Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted
      • Those who are good mourn because of evils and wish for God's good to be done
      • The Beatitude shows the sense of suffering not for their own loss but for the loss of the world
      • God brings people the comfort of his kingdom
    • 4)Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled
      • This is having a desire for religious and moral perfection
      • Righteousness includes wanting God's justices
      • True happinesscan only be found in God
    • 5) Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy
      • Being merciful is being God-like
      • Showing mercy is showing love and forgiveness
      • It is usually God who shows mercy
    • 6) Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God
      • Peace means more than the lack of war, but the reconciliation of all divide people
      • Christians are sent by God to bring the people of divided conflict back together
      • This is what it means to be a child of God
      • Jesus taught that to be at peace with God, people must be at peace with their brothers
    • 7) Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God
      • Purity of the heart is the attitude of being committed and dedicated to God
      • Thoughtless outward signs aren't good enough
      • A person who is pure in heart is just and fair
      • Being impure can lead to things such as murder and adultery
      • For Christians to become pure hearted they must first recognise their own shortcomings and impurity and pray for help
    • 8) Blessed are those who are persecuted because of Righteousness for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven
      • The path to holiness is hard but the reward is happiness
      • Jesus is an example of this
    • 9) Blessed are you when people insult you, persecutes you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for great is your award in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you
      • Followers of Jesus were persecuted and suffered false accusations, mockery and hardships.
      • Those who are persecuted for faith are given the KIngdom of God


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