(Mat 5:3-12) Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
As we begin our devotions on the Beatitudes, let’s keep in mind the basic theme of our text, it is describing 9 different characteristics of people that are “blessed”. What do we mean by “blessed”? The Greek word for “blessed” is describing a person who has received God’s goodness which results in the recipient’s happiness.
We should take a moment today to ask ourselves a question… Are we living a genuinely happy (blessed) life?
If so, we should thank and praise our Lord for the many goodnesses He has given to us this day.
If not, over the next few days of our devotions, let’s pay special attention to what the Word of God tells us about living a blessed life. The beginnings of a blessed life can only be found in the Lord Jesus Christ… it is only through Him that we can find true happiness and peace.
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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