A CHRISTIAN CHARACTER (P. 1)
“Blessed are…for they…”
“beatitude” (Latin) = “makarios” (Greek) = “blessed”
1st and 8th beatitudes: “for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” –> inclusio
1. The Poor in Spirit
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (v 3).
2. Those Who Mourn
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” (v 4).
3. The Meek
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (v 5).
4. Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” (v 6).
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- Which of the four beatitudes describe you best at the time you came to trust in Jesus and now in your life?
- What do you think happened to people whom you find exhibiting the characteristics of the four beatitudes?
- What can we do to help ourselves grow in the characteristics of the four beatitudes?