Beatitudes Shape Our Attitude

Beatitudes Shape Our Attitude
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus declares His followers to be salt and light in a tasteless and darkened world. Clearly the source of our salt and light is Christ himself. We are to let His flavor and illumination flow through us in such a way that it brings glory to God. One way each of us can do this in our journey through life is to walk in the path of the beatitudes.
As Jesus began the sermon recorded in the gospel of Matthew, it says: “He opened His mouth and taught them …”. Immediately He pronounces a series of eight blessings commonly known as The Beatitudes. These blessings, ranging from the poor to the persecuted, offer far more than circumstantial happiness. They are better understood as spiritual wellbeing, having the approval of God, and thus a happier destiny.
Those who recognize their spiritual poverty are moved to trust fully in the grace of God and not their own goodness. There are blessings for the mournful, the meek, and the merciful. The ones who truly hunger and thirst for righteousness will find ultimate fulfillment by depending on God’s righteousness.
The merciful, the pure in heart and the peacemakers seem to see God more clearly and reflect His heart more accurately. The final blessing is reserved for those who do the right thing and are falsely accused and persecuted for it.
Each blessing is followed by a promise. Living with an awareness of the blessings, and assurance of the promises, gives greater trust in our heavenly Father. As we live our lives with greater confidence in the Lord and less dependence on ourselves, we will be living in the way that Jesus taught. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
–Terry Morrison