“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Matthew 5: 3-12
- The “poor in spirit” in verse 3 are those who humbly trust and are dependent fully on God. What things in your life do you need to give over to God? Make a list then pray through each one of them.
- Matthew uses the term “righteousness” as an extreme focus on pursuing a intimate and obedient relationship with God. How hungry and thirsty are you for an intimate relationship with God? What can you begin doing to improve your relationship with God? (See Psalm 42:1-2; 63:1, 73:25)
- Those who are pure in heart are people who love God with an undivided loyalty. How can you begin to love God more? Are there things in your life that are sharing the throne of your heart with God?
- We are blessed when we proclaim the Gospel and face opposition. Have you ever thanked God for the opposition instead of feeling angry or fearful? Try thanking God next time you face resistance.
“O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace. I am ashamed of my lack of desire. O, God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still…”
A.W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God