BEATITUDES

Definition of Beatitudes:
the blessings listed by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:3–11).
Synonyms of Beatitudes:
blessedness, benediction, grace, etc.

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The beatitudes teach us that happiness cannot be found in our circumstances unless it is within ourselves. It is the inner life that is the home of happiness where abide humility, godly sorrow for sin, meekness, a desire for righteousness, peace, courage to face persecution and misunderstanding.

The quest for eternal life brings happiness, but the quest for happiness alone misses eternal life. This explains why there are so many disappointed people about us, why this has been called “the age of the great sadness,” when multitudes seek happiness in ways that can never reach the goal.

The entrance to the realm of happiness is by a “narrow gate,” where Jesus still stands to meet us with the old challenge, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” . . . . –The Upper Room, May 24, 1939 / Hindsfoot | More…

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The eight Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3–12 during the Sermon on the Mount.

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 5:3)
Blessed are those who mourn: for they will be comforted. (5:4)
Blessed are the meek: for they will inherit the earth. (5:5)
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled. (5:6)
Blessed are the merciful: for they will be shown mercy. (5:7)
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they will see God. (5:8)
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God. (5:9)
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:10)
Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (5:11-12)

The Beatitudes are the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus teaches us that if we live according to the Beatitudes, we will live a happy life. The Beatitudes fulfill God’s promises made to Abraham and his descendants and describe the rewards that will be ours. –Loyola Press | More…

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