Beatitudes in Short

Matthew 5:1-12 is known as the “Sermon on the Mount” or the teaching on the Beatitudes.

Have you ever heard o the word “beatitude”? It comes from the latin word “beatus” which is a combination of the word “happy” and the word for “blessed” in latin.

Here Jesus is speaking to a crowd of people whom were in great need. They may or may not have been poor, educated or uneducated. They were however definitely needy and were willing to travel far to hear Jesus and have him pray for them.

This post is designed to summarize the Beatitudes. See below.

Matthew 5:3-12 New International Version (NIV) (taken from Bible Gateway)

“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.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

In short…

  1. Blessed are those who understand they need God’s help.
  2. Blessed are those who mourn.
  3. Blessed are the meek.
  4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
  5. Blessed are the merciful.
  6. Blessed are the pure in heart.
  7. Blessed are the peacemakers.
  8. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness.
  9. Blessed are those who suffer challenges.

Even Shorter:

  1. Love your neighbor and love God. (Mt. 22:37)

These passages and summaries are supposed to help us understand this. A life devoted to God is one that is dependent on him. It also means that when we experience the blessings of God we are supposed to share this blessing with others.

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