Yesterday’s post reminded me of the beauty and simplicity of the Beatitudes, perhaps the most well-known part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. The Beatitudes are often over-explained. Close examination of any scripture can be worthwhile, but sometimes, it’s good to just read a scripture for exactly what it says. The Beatitudes are like that.
“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, NIV)
Now read them again.