Beatitudes: Blessed Are the Merciful

Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” We often look for reasons to be merciful. If you keep looking for a reason to give mercy, you will find that you’ll never be merciful. Mercy does not need a reason to be given, otherwise it would no longer be mercy. Mercy does not…

Beatitudes: Blessed Are the Gentle

Matthew 5:5, “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.” The meek are kindhearted, soft-spoken, caring, and compassionate people. This is a mirror image of Christ, and so we shall reign with Him and inherit the new heavens and new earth after our bodies are resurrected on the Last Day (Revelation 20:6). The Christian…

Beatitudes: Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

Matthew 5:4, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Last time, Jesus said the poor in spirit are blessed because the kingdom of Heaven is theirs. Now He says people who mourn are blessed because they will be comforted. When we grieve, others grieve with us. We receive comfort from those who have…

Beatitudes: Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” The word “beatitude” comes from the Latin word beatitudo, which means “happy” or “blessed.” The list of paradoxes is a list of who we are in Christ as God’s children. Let’s read 2 Kings 4:1-7: Now a certain woman of the wives of the…