he Beatitudes, Matthew Chapter 5 Verses3-12"Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying:
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 sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all
kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because
great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the
prophets who were before you.
Noyo Edem's Notes:
releases His blessings on people when they meet certain requirements
for God to bless them. These requirements or conditions are exhibited in
people's lifestyles, attitudes, believes and preoccupations. In other
words, God examines how we interact with one another and how will
interact with Him. He is interested in the service we give to mankind
and to His Kingdom. What percentage of our daily activities is given to
the service of other people? Do we care for people who mourn in our
midst? Do we set out to give peace to other people by the things we do?
Do we evangelize to people despite the opposition and persecution we
may encounter from others? Do we humble ourselves before God? Are we
kind and humble in our service to men?
are some of the questions we need to reflect on every day. If our
answers are "no", then there is an opportunity for us to start doing
the right things so that we will receive the blessings that accompany
acts of righteousness, humility, mercy, peacemaking, and love to our
fellow human beings.
read this passage, I personalized every line and asked myself what it
meant to me. As I reflected on Jesusâ€™ teaching on the Beatitudes or
Sermon on the Mount, I gained an insight into the message and came out
with this summary: If I want to inherit God's Kingdom, I must first and
foremost be "poor in spirit" which is another word for humility. I must
also be someone who has been persecuted because of righteousness. If I
want to be called a son of God, I must be known as a peacemaker. For
me to see God, I must be pure in heart. For me to receive mercy, I must
be merciful; I must comfort everyone who mourns around me, because I
will receive comfort from God and man when I am in the same situation;
If I hunger and thirst for righteousness, I will be filled with it.
Bible instructs me to seek God with all of my heart, soul, spirit and
strength. If I seek after righteousness in this way, God will draw near
to me and fill me with his spirit.
Beatitudes should be righteous principles by which everyone should
examine their lives, and determine if they are following the Lordâ€™s
teachings and doing the things that usher in blessings into our lives
Paul encouraged the early Christians to rejoice in the Lord always.
Believers should rejoice no matter what circumstances they find
themselves in. There will be seasons when we will pass through
persecution; there will be seasons when we mourn, seasons when we are
in distress or sorrow, seasons when we will feel completely empty, lost
and lonely. In each of the seasons we pass through in life, we must
remember that the joy of the Lord is our strength. We must draw close
to God and receive strength from Him to overcome the heavy burdens that
are wearing us down. When people are passing through difficult times
in life, we should also be there to console, comfort, and help them to
successfully overcome the hard times. These are times to remind people
of Godâ€™s love and peace; these are times to encourage them from the
word of God, and to read passages from the Bible that relate to their
situations. These are times to pray for them and to show them real
Christian Fellowship and love through our humble service to them and
their families. Let us learn to be channels of Godâ€™s peace in times
I will conclude my message today by referring to Apostle Paulâ€™s words to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2 Verses 11-13:
"It is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him,
we will also live with him,
If we endure, we will also reign with him.
If we disown him;
He will also disown us.
If we are faithless,
He will remain faithful,
for he cannot disown himself.
Father Lord, help us to set our priorities right in life. Help us O
Lord to imbibe the principles you taught us in the Beatitude. May each
of us understand that we cannot inherit your Kingdom, be peacemakers, be
sons of God, or be merciful, if we do not do the things that you want
us to do as we read in the Bible passage today. May we learn to obey
your words O Lord God, and practice the righteous principles of the
Beatitudes every day until they become parts of our lives in Jesus
Have a blessed day.
Mrs. Noyo Edem