Beatitudes (Bee-Attitudes)

At least I’m pretty sure that’s how you say it. Not an expert.

Today we read Matthew 5:1-12, which lists the blessings. It’s counterpart, starting at Luke 6:20, also lists the warnings, the “woe to you”s. I won’t be talking about those today though.

The first one talks about the poor in spirit. What on earth does that mean? As far as I can tell it’s talking about being humble in your faith, not being spiritually arrogant.

The next says how those who mourn will be comforted, the kind of comforting that can only be found in God.

These verse are really pretty self-explanatory, I hope you take the time to read them.

Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. Meek does not mean quiet. It’s more like humble and gentle. But NOT silent. This is important. We still need to speak up, but remain humble before the Lord.

If you hunger and thirst for righteousness, you will be filled. We must seek God first, and if we really do that, we will be rewarded.

If we are merciful, we will get mercy back. This is a difficult one. We have to forgive to be forgiven.

Those with a pure heart will see God. Before you get too panicked about how pure you’re heart is, remember that we are, or can be, purified through Jesus Christ.

This next one is a tad bit confusing. It says that the peacemakers will be called the Sons of God. However, peacemakers does not mean ‘appeasing everybody’. In 1 Corinthians 14:33 it uses peace as an antonym for confusion, so my understanding is that peacemakers create clarity more than appeasement.

A point to make about that is that Christians who misuse scripture create confusion. I try my best not to do this and hopefully I don’t, but we all need to be careful.

The last is that those who are persecuted for righteousness will be rewarded. Read 1 Peter 3:14. You don’t get persecuted if you never speak up.

The last two verse are about that subject as well and are pretty self-explanatory. A couple good verses to go with those are 1 Peter 4:14-16.

I hope you enjoyed my installment on the Beatitudes.

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3 thoughts on “Beatitudes (Bee-Attitudes)

  1. Those who pick and choose verses also create confusion. It leaves the impression that “ALL SCRIPTURE” (emphasis mine) actually isn’t “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness “(2 Timothy 3:16).

    Those who share verses one moment then support non-Biblical causes the next also create confusion, not just about what they personally believe but about what is acceptable in the faith.

    In Matthew 22 we are told the first command is to love God, the second to love our neighbor. John 14:15 says, “If you love Me, you will keep my commands.” John 15:10 “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love…” And 1John 5:3 ” For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdonesome.

    We cannot truly love one another if we skip the part about loving God as He has defined it.

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  2. Oops. Kind of skipped my connection there. Many ignore certain verses (primarily about sin) in the name of “loving one another” but that isn’t supported by Scripture. Loving God has to come first, not just in order but importance.

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