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The Beatitudes
Matthew 5:3-10

Most Christians, even those who don't read their Bibles, have heard of the Beatitudes that Jesus gave to His disciples on a hill near Capernaum. For many, they can be perplexing.

I present here two separate interpretations to this wonderful discourse from Jesus. The bold notes below each verse is from a Spirit-filled protestant minister, whose comments make the verses very easy to apply to each of our lives.

The second interpretation is from a reference from my research Bible, which is more of an explanation of the meaning of the Beatitudes rather than an interpretation. It says, "the Beatitudes put forth five main subjects:

  • The spirit that should animate the children of the kingdom,
  • The spirit in which they are to fulfill the laws and practices of Judaism.
  • Detachment from riches,
  • Relations with one's neighbor, and
  • The decisive act of choice that must be made (and the practical consequences that must be accepted) in order to enter the kingdom."

The Beatitudes:

How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
       No matter your wealth, follow God. You are no better than the poorest.

Happy the gentle; they shall have the earth for their heritage.
Always be kind to others as was Jesus, never harsh or boisterous.

Happy those who mourn; they shall be comforted.
       Care about others and aid in their sorrows, even if only through prayer.

Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right; they shall be satisfied.
Want and desire to follow God's spiritual path, given to us by Jesus.

Happy the merciful; they shall have mercy shown them.
       Always give the benefit of the doubt, a second chance, and forgiveness.

Happy the pure in heart; they shall see God.
Live a holy life.

Happy the peacemakers; they shall be called sons of God.
Always strive for harmony and peace.

Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Never stop loving or following God, regardless the results or hardships.

I have always loved this man of God's interpretation. It's so easy to understand and apply these principles from Jesus to my life. I hope it helps you, as well.

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