Matthew 5:3-10 (NASB)
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
On day eight of Christmas, we are reminded of the eight Beatitudes that Jesus gave in His Sermon on the Mount. Jesus tells us the people with these specific attributes are blessed and will receive a future promise; i.e., those who are merciful for they shall receive mercy. Unlike the gifts of the Spirit, which we have no control over, we can develop these personal attributes and thus receive the blessing.
Thank You, Lord, that we will be blessed when we develop character traits that You want Your children to have. Empower us with the help of the Holy Spirit to exhibit these traits in our lives so we can show ourselves as Your blessed children. In the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.
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