When we speak of a “blessed” person we are referring to a person who is really fortunate in what they may have. We as God’s people are blessed for several things, one of them is to serve a God who is powerful, but I would like to elaborate only on 9 of these beatitudes that should also be 9 characteristics that every Christian should have in their life. The Apostle Paul told Galatians 6:17 (KJV):
From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
These 9 characteristics can be found in the book of Matthew chapter 5, from verse 3 onwards. These characteristics are the following (all versicles arte taken from the King James Version):
1-Poor in spirit
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
To be poor in spirit is to be spiritually hungry. We should never think that we are at such a high spiritual level that we no longer need more. On the contrary, every day we must desire more. Let’s remember Psalm 42:
1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.
2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Why are those who weep blessed?
In the light of the scriptures we can find different cases of men of God who shed tears before God for different situations. When speaking of Nehemiah we can find in chapter 1 how the great reformer had to cry and pray before God for the difficult situation in which the people of Israel found themselves. This can also be a sign of the great concern that we can feel in the face of different problems that occur in front of the people of God.
3- Be humble
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
When we are humble we are really blessed and we can see different verses that within them are some promises when we are really being humble:
To set up on high those that be low; that those which mourn may be exalted to safety.
Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:
The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
The Lord lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom.
Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
4-Have “hunger and thirst for justice”
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
We are blessed when we cry out for God’s justice on earth.
5- Act with mercy
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
In the same way as we treat others, we will be treated. Likewise, if we are merciful, we will also receive mercy:
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
6- Have a clean heart
8 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
The author of the Hebrews teaches us:
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
Let us remember that our heart is as if it were our thought system that drives the whole body and if it is not pure it means that our entire being is damaged.
7- To seek peace
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
If possible, as far as it depends on you, be at peace with everybody.
The apostle says: “if possible”, later he says: “As far as it depends on you”. It is to be understood that the apostle also makes these clarifications because we cannot always be at peace with all men, only with the preaching of this Gospel many people will hate us and these are things that we cannot avoid, but if it is possible, yes It is within our hands so we must seek the possibility of being at peace with everybody.
8- Do not silence the truth of God
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
We are watchmen of this precious gospel and nothing and nobody can silence us. In the book of facts they wanted to silence the apostles but they could not silence those things that they had heard and learned, in the same way we must know that it is a blessing when we are persecuted by the truth of God and we must rejoice in tribulation, we must enjoy ourselves.
9- To be persecuted
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
How glorious it is to know that all the things we suffer here, that being persecuted and having to endure so many things for the name of Christ will one day be rewarded to us. So my question would be: What greater reward can we receive than the reward of living the eternity of eternities glorifying God?. No one, dear brother. For rejoice in your tribulation, each one of you, for our reward is near....