Character Traits : The 8 Beatitudes
Character traits are all the aspects of a person’s behavior and attitudes that make up that person’s personality. I am going to give you five minutes to list what you think your’s are. Are you done? Good, well did you know that as Christians we are supposed to have certain traits being the followers of Jesus Christ? I did not know that until I read Matthew 5:3-11 I literally wrote in my bible that I have to develop these traits. Let’s read Matthew 5: 1 -11 shall we……………
Matthew 5:1-11 Amplified Bible (AMP)
The Sermon on the Mount; The Beatitudes
5 When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and when He was seated, His [a]disciples came to Him. 2 Then He began to teach them, saying,
3 “Blessed [spiritually prosperous, happy, to be admired] are the poor in spirit [those devoid of spiritual arrogance, those who regard themselves as insignificant], for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].
4 “Blessed [forgiven, refreshed by God’s grace] are those who mourn[over their sins and repent], for they will be comforted [when the burden of sin is lifted].
5 “Blessed [inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect] are the [b]gentle [the kind-hearted, the sweet-spirited, the self-controlled],for they will inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [those who actively seek right standing with God], for they will be [completely] satisfied.
7 “Blessed [content, sheltered by God’s promises] are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 “Blessed [anticipating God’s presence, spiritually mature] are the pure in heart [those with integrity, moral courage, and godly character], for they will see God.
9 “Blessed [spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s favor] are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His character and] be called the sons of God.
10 “Blessed [comforted by inner peace and God’s love] are those who are persecuted for [c]doing that which is morally right, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].
11 “Blessed [morally courageous and spiritually alive with life-joy in God’s goodness] are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil things against you because of [your association with] Me.
I love this version because the word blessed has a different meaning for each beatitude. Some may ask why did Jesus teach this to the disciples? The reason He touched on the beatitudes is because these are the traits he looks for in His followers. Developing these traits are for our benefit, Jesus says “those who live out these traits are fortunate because I have something special in store for them.” I don’t know about you, but I can not wait to get a job well done from Jesus. I wanted to start a blog series on the eight beatitudes because I feel they are important for our walk. I have a strong desire to develop the traits that my big brother Jesus has, do you? For the next four weeks I will be breaking down the beatitudes for us to study!
We will start with Humility on Friday March 11, 2016 at 10 o’clock am! For your homework assignment study this scripture on Humbleness……
James 4:6-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”[a]
Humility Cures Worldliness
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands,you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
Write down your thoughts about Humility, and why you think it is important. Also write down how you can be more humble in your walk with Christ. We will meet back here on Friday to go over Humility! Have a good day loves!