Jesus Christ gave us the Eight Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount, recorded for all in the Gospel of Matthew, the first Book of the New Testament of the Bible. The Gospel of Matthew stressed that Jesus the Christ or Messiah is the Kingdom of God in Heaven. (See Matthew 5:3-10)
Here’s the Eight Beatitudes for your record:
1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Poor in spirit means to be humble. Humility is the realization that all your gifts and blessings come from the grace of God.
2. Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Mourning in this context is called a blessing, because mourning our sins creates in us a desire to improve ourselves and to do what is right while living on earth.
3. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. A person that is meek is one that exhibits self-control.
4. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. A continuous desire for justice and moral perfection will lead one to a fulfillment of that desire which is a transition to holiness.
5. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Mercy is the loving disposition towards those who suffer distress. For example, you should have love, compassion, and forgiveness toward others.
6. Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. To be pure of heart means to be free of all selfish intentions and self-seeking desires.
7. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. Peacemakers not only live peaceful lives but also try to bring peace and friendship to others.
8. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus Christ has promised those that suffer for his sake will be rewarded with the Kingdom of Heaven.
While the Eight Beatitudes of Jesus provide a way of life that promises salvation, they also bring peace in the midst of our trials and tribulations on this earth.