The greatest sermon ever given was short, simple and revolutionary. Almost 2000 years ago, on a mount in Galilee, Jesus Christ taught a new way to live. A new path for all of us to follow. In Matthew chapters 5-7, Christ teaches what is now known as the Beatitudes. He tells us we will be blessed if we possess these attributes and tells us what blessings we will receive.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Being “poor in spirit” means to be humble, not to be prideful. This means that we recognize and give God credit for all we have and for all we are. We recognize we are all children of God, that God loves us all equally. Our reward for being humble? Inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.
“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” When tragedy strikes those in our family or someone in our community, if we have love in our hearts, we will feel pain and sorrow. If we turn to God and ask Him, He can lesson our pain or take it all away. He loves us and He is always in control.
“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” Being meek means having or showing a quiet and gentle nature, not wanting to fight or argue, and enduring injury with patience and without resentment.
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” When we have a strong desire to follow and learn of Christ, God’s spirit will dwell with us and fill our lives with His love and teach us His truth.
“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.” Being merciful means we treat people with kindness and forgiveness. We live in a world that only wants to deal out justice and show no mercy. If we cannot forgive others and show mercy, we will not be very happy. Realize that we control, through our own actions and decisions, our own happiness. When we forgive others we let go of all the pain and anger and replace it with Love. If we want Christ’s mercy, then we must show others mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Having a pure heart means there are no impurities in it. Heart refers to our being, not just our mind, what we really are inside. It’s our soul. The desires of our heart can be pure and when we desire and strive to be like Jesus Christ, He can make us pure.
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” A peacemaker is someone who helps prevent or stop an argument, a fight or a war.
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake…Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven.” It is obvious there is a war on Christianity today. Christ says to rejoice and be glad because our reward is in and is heaven.
Christ is our example of how we should live our lives. What would happen in our personal life, our family life, our relations with others, our community, the world, if each one of us followed the teachings of Christ? May God be with all of us as we strive to be like Christ.