When Jesus spoke to the crowds that followed him to a mountain-side, he spoke a message that is recorded as one of the world’s most famous speeches. It is commonly known as the “Sermon on the Mount”. At the start, Jesus lays out what could be called a vision statement, a charter, a declaration of values and a way to live. It is commonly known as “The Beatitudes“. (Matthew 5:3-10)
Jesus lists eight core attitudes and the blessing or happiness that each attitude will bring.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”
– We recognise that we need God’s help in our life.
“Blessed are they that mourn, for they will be comforted.”
– We stop going our own way, confess our faults and ask God to forgive.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
– No matter what happens or what people say, you don’t react or get upset by the power of the Holy Spirit in us.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
– We always need more of God, and He loves to fill us.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”
– To have a heart that cares for others and doesn’t turn a blind eye when they need help.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”