Blessed are the poor in spirit… those who mourn… the meek… those who hunger and thirst for righteousness… the merciful and the pure in heart…. the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted… When I was younger I would read those and place them neatly into their own categories along with the blessings that followed.
They own the Kingdom of Heaven…. they’ll find comfort… they will inherit the earth… they’ll be filled… they have mercy given to them… they’ll see God… they’ll be called the sons of God. Each corresponding nicely with the type of person mentioned before. The type of person…
We of course know these as the Beatitudes. I always thought they were more like the Be Attitudes. Be poor in spirit. Be meek. Be a peacemaker, and you will have that blessing. However, as I’ve grown in the Lord I have learned that these are not distinct attributes and blessings.
As you read the Bible, you will find that every one of those blessings is promised to believers. You are seated in Heavenly places, so the Kingdom is already yours. We will rule and reign with Christ, therefore the earth is our inheritance. We have both the Holy Spirit as a comforter, and we find comfort in his word. We are called to be sons. I could go on and on.
So why is it that he broke it down into such traits and blessings? The traits… meek, hungering and thirsting after righteousness, etc. weren’t separate, but were the characteristics he was drawing out of those early believers.
He had already begun sharing that he was the way, and those early believers were the hearts that had responded. Those traits, a beginning description of a true repentant heart, are still what he is calling us to today, and thankfully so are the blessings.
Life is hard. Can I just say that sometimes there are people in my life that are just flat out hard to deal with? I get sad. I get angry. I don’t always feel like I have it in me to accurately reflect the love of Christ. But these Be Attitudes help me to remember that when we are willing to empty ourselves out to show God’s love to the world around us, even when we are hurting, that God is right there waiting to reward and fill us back up.