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The Beatitudes Comfort Us
[T]he Beatitudes ... comfort us, because they show us that no matter what condition we are in, we are never beyond God's blessings. The traditional way of reading the Beatitudes is that these are prescriptions, things we are supposed to go out and do and be. ?I need to be poor in spirit. I need to be meek.? But as the writer Dallas Willard points out, the Beatitudes may not be prescriptions, but descriptions, of the different kinds of people that God blesses. The context makes this clear, right? Jesus has just finished healing all kinds of people , the sick, the poor, and the outcast , then he climbs up on this mountain, and he looks out on this rag tag group of followers who are poor in spirit and mourning. Jesus looks at these people he has just healed, and he says, ?You are exhibit A that proves that you are never beyond God's reach. Even here in your dire circumstances, you have just experienced the Kingdom of God as it is coming in me, Jesus Christ, and is made available to everyone through Jesus.? Many of these Beatitudes are not good things to be. It is not a good thing to be poor, or mourning, or even meek and run all over. Those are not things to strive for. In fact, those are things that God calls us to eliminate, and to be bold for him. But what Jesus is saying is that even if you are in those awful situations, God is there, he heals, and he can make his blessings known.



By: Scott Dudley
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The Beatitudes Challenge our Values
The Beatitudes disturb us because they force us to reevaluate what we're striving for. These blessings are very different than our own. In our culture, we say, blessed are the smart, the beautiful, the rich, the popular. We don't think the meek are blessed. People who attend success seminars at the Sheraton, they're blessed, but not the meek. As a friend of mine who works in business says, ?The meek may inherit the earth, but they'll never increase market share.? This is so different from our culture's views. Just look at our commercials. They make it seem like the worst possible fate you could ever suffer as a human being is to have thinning hair, or be overweight, or God forbid have bad breath or ring around the collar. But Jesus turns those values upside down and redefines what the good life is. In Jesus' definition, the good life is whenever and however we experience God. That's a blessing. The thing about people who are mourners, or the poor in spirit, is that these are people whose condition often forces them to go to God and receive his blessing.



By: Scott Dudley
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The kind of The Beatitudes is both eight and one.



By: Takao Ogawa
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what are the violations in each beatitude



By: hadjewhiz dalumpines
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Why can we be glad when we are weak and suffering difficult circumstances?
Because we are an empty vessel that is potentially most receptive to let God in. It is when we empty ourselves of ourselves that we can let Him in and let Him help us in our weekness.



By: Alessandra Parrini
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Why can we be glad when we are weak and suffering difficult circumstances?
We can be glad because we know in our weakness and suffering that God is with us and is testing our faith; that the strength we show during these times is through God`s power and will glorify Him. God`s love enables us to rise above our suffering and gives us strength in our times of weakness.



By: Patty
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Why can we be glad when we are weak and suffering difficult circumstances?
We have been promised happiness and strength in heaven by the savior in the beatitudes or the true happiness.



By: Bol Joseph Agau
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gleaning
haste is the enemy of the spiritual life



By: ʾ
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Why didn`t Jesus phrase the Beautitudes with the motivation first? For example...If you want to inherit the earth, then be gentle.



By: Steve Buckley
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How do the Beatitudes bring people together?



By: Paula Taylor
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The Beatitudes

Seeing the multitudes, he went up onto the mountain. When he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He opened his mouth and taught them, saying,
 "Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the gentle,
for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness,
for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness' sake,
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
"Blessed are you when people reproach you, persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:1-12
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