Blessed are those that are persecuted

The Be-attitudes
(Mat 5:10-12 NIV)  Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. {11} "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. {12} Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Rejoice because rewards that await us (Rom 8:18 NIV)  I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Luke 6:22-23 NIV)  Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. {23} "Rejoice in that day and leap…
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Blessed are the meek

The Be-attitudes
(Mat 5:5 NIV)  Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. What is the meaning of the word “meek”? There is no one word that can capture the full meaning of the Greek word praus, which is translated meek. This word carries several meanings. It has the meaning of humility. In the following verse, Jesus, the King, comes to us riding on an ass. He did not come in a mighty horse. He was not born in a mighty palace but in a stable. (Mat 21:5-7 KJV)  Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass. {6} And the disciples went, and did as Jesus commanded them, {7} And brought the…
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Blessed are the poor in spirit

The Be-attitudes
(Mat 5:3 NIV)  "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Salvation belongs to those who recognize their spiritual poverty (Luke 18:10-14 NIV)  "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. {11} The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: 'God, I thank you that I am not like other men--robbers, evildoers, adulterers--or even like this tax collector. {12} I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.' {13} "But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, 'God, have mercy on me, a sinner.' {14} "I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home…
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Blessed are those who mourn

The Be-attitudes
(Mat 5:4 NIV)  Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Mourning for those who are not saved (Luke 19:42-44 NIV)  and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace--but now it is hidden from your eyes. {43} The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. {44} They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God's coming to you." We cannot be indifferent to the people around us who do not know the saving grace of God. Jesus was never indifferent…
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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness

The Be-attitudes
(Mat 5:6 NIV)  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. (Mat 6:33 NIV)  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Psa 145:19 NIV)  He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. What is the righteous path? We cannot know what the righteous path is if we do not spend time reading God’s word. Ps 119:9-­11 9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. 10 I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.…
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Blessed are the merciful

The Be-attitudes
(Mat 5:7 NIV)  Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Merciful to the less fortunate (Psa 41:1-3 NIV)  Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the LORD delivers him in times of trouble. {2} The LORD will protect him and preserve his life; he will bless him in the land and not surrender him to the desire of his foes. {3} The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness. (Prov 19:17 NIV)  He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done. The Bible exhorts us not only to give our offerings to the church but also to the less fortunate. It even says we are…
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Blessed are the peacemakers

The Be-attitudes
(Mat 5:9 NIV)  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Maintain peace with others Mat 5:39-42 NIV) But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. {40} And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. {41} If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. {42} Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. As far as possible, we should maintain peace with others. Maintaining peace sometimes means that we need to let others have their way. It may mean we don’t enforce…
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Blessed are the pure in heart

The Be-attitudes
(Mat 5:8 NIV)  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. What does it mean to have a pure heart? Pure in integrity (Psa 24:4 NIV)  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. (1 Chr 29:17 NIV)  I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things have I given willingly and with honest intent. To have a pure heart, we need to be a person of integrity, always telling the truth. Pure in our love towards God (Psa 24:4 NIV)  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear…
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