In Matthew 5:1-10 Jesus reveals eight personal traits that assure believers of a blessed life. We call these traits the Beatitudes. The word “beatitude” comes from the Latin word beatitido meaning “happiness.”
Jesus’ message in Matthew 5:1-10 is counter intuitive to the world. His words were revolutionary then, and they are still revolutionary today.
The passage opens with verses 5:1-2 which say, “Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying…”
The “he” is Jesus Christ and the “disciples” are his followers. Accept and act upon the following teachings of Jesus. Manifest all eight personal traits and you will experience a better way to live.
Blessed are the poor in spirit. Your human spirit works best when it yields to God’s Divine Spirit. To be poor in spirit is to depend to God. Exalt God and not yourself. Be obedient to John 3:30 which says, “He must become greater; I must become less.”
Blessed are the meek. Meekness has nothing to do with weakness. Biblical meekness is strength under control. The meek are blessed because they use their strength constructively. Jesus uses the same word for “meek” in Matthew 11:29 when describing Himself as “gentle and humble in heart.” The meek do well in life because they are first, strong, and then self-controlled in that strength.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. Life is better when you do the right things for the right reasons. Proverbs 10:6 declares: “Blessings crown the head of the righteous.”
Blessed are the merciful. James 2:13 says, “Mercy triumphs over judgment!” Be the person who forgives the repentant and helps the weak.
Blessed are the pure in heart. Keep your motives pure. Be transparent in your dealings with others. Seek mutually beneficial relationships and enjoy a clear conscience when dealing with others.
Blessed are the peacemakers. Peacemakers are in harmony with God, self, and others. Their lives are characterized by order rather than chaos. Proverbs 14:30 promises, “A heart at peace gives life to the body.” Peaceful living is healthy living.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness. Jesus had enemies and you will too, and many of those enemies will be in the workplace. In John 15:20 Jesus says, “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you.” Persecution is not defeat.
Obey Jesus’ teachings and expect to live a blessed life despite the world’s challenges.