The Beatitudes - A Portrait of the True Believer

The Beatitudes - A Portrait of the True Believer

Blessed are the Peacemakers

Peacemakers reflect the character of the triune God and are agents of reconciliation wherever they go. Christ accomplished the greatest act of reconciliation when his death on the cross brought us justification and peace with God. We are to implore unbelievers to seek this peace (2 Corinthians 5:19). We also must pursue peace with fellow believers (Proverbs 6:16-19).

Blessed are the Meek

Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 (ESV) Meekness has been described as “sweet reasonableness,” a spirit of humility, gentleness, and forgiveness. Jesus, our example, is the mighty Lord, full of courage and zeal, but He also displayed kindness, courtesy, and patience. Meekness allows us to avoid abusiveness in our speech, helps…

Blessed are Those Who Mourn

Mourning is taking the reality of our sin seriously. While the Scriptures teach that Jesus followers are filled with the joy that is the result of God’s grace, we are also to weep over sin in the world, over sin in the church, and especially over our own personal sins. Don’t laugh at sin, ignore it, or excuse it. Admitting our sin leads to the comfort of…

The Beatitudes

The Beatitudes of Matthew 5 show what life should be like for authentic members of the Kingdom of Heaven. They are introduced in Matthew 4 with a call to repentance, because entering the kingdom comes not through turning from our sinful self to our sovereign Savior. Once we have received His forgiveness and salvation, we can experience true blessing as our hearts pursue…