Matthew 5: 3-12

The Beatitudes

He said:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

 

What the heck is a “beatitude” right? Simply this: a set of teachings. But what is Jesus teaching me? To be a wuss? It may seem like it after the first reading of this passage. Covered with words like meek, poor, merciful, persecuted, it might look as though Jesus is asking us all to become soft and (for the sake of our blog title) “un-manly.” But that’s not it at all. It is simply asking us to take a different view of things.

These 8 Beatitudes have common themes. Each one shows an emotional or spiritual condition followed by a result. People of these days knew these teachings. It wasn’t anything they hadn’t heard before from Moses and the Old Testament teachers. Jesus was just taking the teachings to the next level and showing the people of Jerusalem that by living their lives like Jesus was, based around the common themes of love and humility, that they would be rewarded in heaven and on earth.

Even though these are so clearly spelled out (oh and by the way, you’ll hear about these again in Luke) they are sometimes difficult to follow as men. We want to be strong, proud and show no mercy to others. We have to be the alpha! Right? Well, some things call for us to be strong, but above all else we are called to love and be humble for things we have, accomplishments at work, etc. Christ calls us to humble ourselves and pick up our Crosses daily and walk with Him and like he does. We are to love our neighbors and always be there to help.

Application: Take these teachings and use them in your daily life. Show mercy to a co-worker who has had a rough day or maybe didn’t accomplish the task you asked them to 100% correctly. Spend some time meditating on the fact that we are driven by a higher force and not our ego. Most of all, just show love towards others and you will be shown Christ’s love.

~MB

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