Have you ever read through the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount and breathed a deep sigh of relief as you comforted yourself with a particular blessing associated with a hardship you were going through? “Blessed are those who are persecuted,” we might read, and apply that blessing like a salve to soothe our hurt feelings from the unkind words that were spoken against us.
Maybe you have looked at the list of characteristics in Matthew 5:3-11 as a kind of checklist of model behaviors to work towards, or even as a list of blessings to try to earn. Possibly you’ve been striving towards these two goals and have felt a little frustrated that they seem so hard to achieve. It could be that you’ve seen them as a list of Jesus’ favorite kind of people and have gotten a little worried that you might not make the cut.
There isn’t anything wrong with finding solace in the Beatitudes, trying to live up to their descriptions of goodness, or desiring God to bless our deeds, but these verses reveal so much more than any of those temporal things.
This powerful passage of scripture was spoken by Jesus with the intention of giving us an insightful look into His Kingdom way. They were powerful, counter-cultural words designed to change our hearts. Let’s not miss the deeper truths that Jesus intended.
Let’s take a look at 5 common misconceptions about the Beatitudes and then examine the deeper truth of what Jesus really meant.
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