'The Beatitudes

He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
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.'

-(taken from the bible gateway website)

     

     I had read somewhere that the verses 3-10 from Mathew chapter 5 were given different names from the past and what have you from the past. In a way this does kind of make sense because as the time changes and historical eras come and go, then so does like the culture and thus the terms in which people choose to phrase things. Anyway, with 'the beatitudes' I was thinking that these could be used to promote an awareness of how a person could choose to live in their daily lives. This awareness could also be depicted as their 'attitude' on how they choose to deal with whatever areas in their lives they are dealing with at any given moment in time. They could also symbolize a moment of stillness to encourage others to continue to strengthen their hope and their faith in God to ensure that they would always have a way in not only knowing that God had their backs, but that it was simply okay to always trust in God because everything had already been covered for them. Anyway, this was just something that was on my mind right now so I had decided to make a blog post about it. If anyone else has any ideas or opinions or facts they would like to share based on this subject please feel free to comment. Thanks! :)

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Comment by PuzzleSolver on August 5, 2013 at 2:08pm

I like this, The idea from what I get is being meek and humble.. putting ego aside for the time as the reward is greater in the end... What I didn't understand though was the first verse... Being "poor in spirit".. I might be reading into it a bit more than usual. I think it means if you are lowly in spirit it will be uplifted(encouragement) but maybe I understand spirit in a different way? Being poor in spirit almost means to me that you would have to be a bit ignorant of the way the spirit works in you?

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