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 for 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 sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matthew 5:3-12)
Jesus was the manifestation of everything He taught. His teachings were the reflections of the image of the Father as the true light and perfect example of the salt of the earth. Teaching the multitudes on the mountain, Jesus began with the basic principles of character needed to mold the heart of a child of God. The simplicity of His introductory remarks becomes the foundation of what a Christian must become. It will bring a radical change to the spirit molding him or her into a person of holiness, truth and righteousness. What does it take to become a vibrant disciple of Christ in a world given over to darkness? Learning how to live a blessed life after the character of Jesus is the solution to sin.
New Testament Christians are spiritually impoverished people who have submitted their hearts to the will of God fully. To be poor in spirit is the contentment of the heart that trust in the will of God. Everything in life is according to the will of the Father and submission is necessary to be part of the kingdom of heaven. This will bring a sense of sadness, as understanding the price for sin is the death of God’s Son. Sin brought up the ultimate sacrifice and the sting of sin has been a scourge against man. Death came upon man both physically and spiritually. The Christian lives with the comforted knowledge that death has no dominion and eternal life is beyond the grave. Meekness is not weakness but the power of God’s love infused in the heart of man. The spirit of the meek heart comes from the beatitude of the poor in spirit who are comforted. Christians live in the peace of God knowing that He alone rules over all the affairs of men and His will is to be accomplished. Meekness allows the Lord to guide the concerns of life knowing He is a righteous judge. Hungering and thirsting after righteousness fills the deep cravings of those who seek God. A Christian is a person who has a deep desire to know all there is to know about the God that saved him and why. This desire is fed by the manna of God’s word. Filling the heart with the image of God is a daily blessing.
God has done so much to bless us. His mercy is everlasting and He desires His children to show this mercy to others. Through His love, He forgives us by His grace. This same character should be manifested toward others so they can see Christ living in me. Obtaining mercy comes from hearts that are filled with mercy toward others. How can we enjoy His blessings if we are unable to share those blessings with others? God desires for our actions to reflect the mercy He bestows upon our lives. Learning to be patient with others, forgiving, and kind and merciful is the true nature of the Christians walk. Becoming a peacemaker is the fruit of mercy. Too often, it is easier to stir trouble rather than solve disputes. Jealousy, anger and envy fuel the spirit of revenge against one another as grudges form and the heart becomes cold. A Christian is a maker of peace, forging a forgiving heart, and putting aside hurts and slights. The true character of a child of God is one who seeks peace not war.
It is impossible to live for God in a world living for self and not experience persecution. This does not suggest someone holds a sword to our throats demanding we deny Christ. To be persecuted means that we have taken a stand against unrighteousness in the meekness of Christ. The Christian refuses to dress like the world in immodesty, fall prey to the enticements of immorality and lets their life shine like a beacon of light to all that are in the world. If the Christian never has to say “no” they are always saying “yes.” Children of God will be persecuted because they cannot be God’s child without it. People may revile and say all manner of evil against our character but if we are children of God, we live for His glory.
Blessed are. Jesus began His sermon with the invitation to be what God desires His children to become. The character of those who follow the pattern of the Blessed will find the greatest joy and happiness in the kingdom of God. Jesus lived every part of the beatitudes and walking in His footsteps the child of God will experience the same cross of joy.