Beatitudes

Beatitudes

Positive Christianity involves more then obedience to laws. Those who follow Christ and live by his Spirit know that their salvation rests on struggle and pain. The Beatitudes are a summary of the difficulties to be overcome by faithful Christians and the rewards that will be theirs if they are loyal followers of Christ.

  • Blessed are the poor in spirit; the reign of God is theirs.
  • Blessed are the sorrowing; they shall be consoled.
  • Blessed are the lowly; they shall inherit the land.
  • Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for holiness; they shall have their fill.
  • Blessed are they who show mercy; mercy shall be theirs.
  • Blessed are the single – hearted; they shall see God.
  • Blessed are the peacemakers; they shall be called sons of God.
  • Blessed are those persecuted for holiness’ sake;

The region of God is theirs (Mt 5:3-10).

Here is a shorter version of the Beatitudes:

  • Happy are those who need God.
  • Happy are those with self control.
  • Happy are those who are sorry for sin.
  • Happy are those who hunger and thirst for holiness.
  • Happy are the merciful.
  • Happy are those who love with all their heart.
  • Happy are the peacemakers.
  • Happy are those who suffer for doing what is right.
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