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
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,
- The decisive act of choice that
must be made (and the practical consequences that must be accepted) in order
to enter the kingdom."
How happy are the poor in spirit;
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
matter your wealth, follow God. You are no better than the poorest.
Happy the gentle; they shall have
the earth for their heritage.
be kind to others as was Jesus, never harsh or boisterous.
Happy those who mourn; they shall
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.
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.
a holy life.
Happy the peacemakers; they shall
be called sons of God.
strive for harmony and peace.
Happy those who are persecuted in
the cause of right; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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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