Beatitudes: Beautiful Attitudes

THE BEATITUDES (Matthew 5:1-12) get their name from the Latin word beatus, meaning blessed. They teach both blessings and the attitudes of the heart that receive these blessings.

From Cultivating Beatitude Attitudes

“When [Jesus] saw the multitudes, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.  And opening His mouth He began to teach them” (Matt. 5:1- 2).

Jesus’ earthly ministry included teaching, preaching, and healing. Wherever He went He generated great excitement and controversy. Usually great multitudes of people followed Him as He moved throughout the regions of Judea and Galilee. Thousands came for healing, many came to mock and scorn, and some came in search of truth.

On one such occasion Jesus delivered His first recorded message: the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7). In it He proclaimed a standard of living diametrically opposed to the standards of His day–and ours. Boldly denouncing the ritualistic, hypocritical practices of the Jewish religious leaders, He taught that true religion is a matter of the heart or mind. People will behave as their hearts dictate (Luke 6:45), so the key to transformed behavior is transformed thinking.

At the beginning of His sermon Jesus presented the Beatitudes (Matt. 5:3-12): a list of the godly attitudes that mark a true believer and insure true happiness. The Greek word translated “blessed” in those verses speaks of happiness and contentment. The rest of the sermon discusses the lifestyle that produces it.

Jesus taught that happiness is much more than favorable circumstances and pleasant emotions. In fact, it doesn’t necessarily depend on circumstances at all. It is built on the indwelling character of God Himself. As your life manifests the virtues of humility, sorrow over sin, gentleness, righteousness, mercy, purity of heart, and peace, you will experience happiness that even severe persecution can’t destroy.

Lord send Your Holy Spirit to minister to me as I study the below attitudes and blessings. Help me to make any attitude changes that may be shown to me. Thank You that as I do this, I will experience the true joy of knowing and being more and more like You, Jesus Christ my Savior.

Matthew 5:3-12 NASB … Attitude … Blessing

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
From NetBible Mt 5:3

  • Blessed[3107] = happy, fortunate
    *The term Blessed introduces the first of several beatitudes promising blessing to those whom God cares for. They serve as an invitation to come into the grace God offers.

for theirs IS the kingdom of heaven.

From NetBible Mt 5:3

  • *The present tense here is significant. Jesus makes the kingdom and its blessings currently available. This phrase is unlike the others in the list with the possessive pronoun being emphasized.

4 “Blessed are those who mourn,

for they shall be comforted.

5 “Blessed are the gentle,

for they shall inherit the earth.

6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they shall be satisfied.

7 “Blessed are the merciful,

for they shall receive mercy.

8 “Blessed are the pure in heart,

for they shall see God.

9 “Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they shall be called sons of God.

10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 Rejoice and be glad,

for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

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Related:
Beatitudes: Blessedness Meaning
Blessed: The Beatitudes – NKJV vs MSG
Theme: Blessed Beatitudes
Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit
Pure in Heart – Lift Up Your Heads!

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3 Responses to “Beatitudes: Beautiful Attitudes”

  1. khollandsblog Says:

    Lk 6:40 … A pupil is not above his teacher; but everyone, after he has been fully trained, will be like his teacher.

    The teacher we follow is poor in spirit, pure in heart, meek, merciful, a peacemaker. He is the embodiment of the Beatitudes. And so are His disciples.

    ===>When does this training begin?
    ===>When will this training be fully realized?

  2. khollandsblog Says:

    Poor in spirit means helpless — unable to help one self
    ===> The first step to being blessed is to realize one’s spiritual helplessness – one’s need for Jesus Christ.

    ===> Do you think any of the beatitude blessings can be received without being “poor in spirit”? Without Jesus Christ?

    John 15:5 … I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

  3. To Be Like Jesus | Scripture Prayers Says:

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