Most Christians, even those who don’t read their Bibles, have heard of the Beatitudes that Jesus gave to His disciples on a hill near Capernaum. For many, they can be perplexing.
I present here two separate interpretations to this wonderful discourse from Jesus. The notes below each verse (in a different color text) is from a Spirit-filled protestant minister, whose comments make the verses very easy to apply to each of our lives.
The second interpretation is from a reference from my New Jerusalem (research) Bible, which is more of an explanation of the meaning of the Beatitudes rather than an interpretation. It says, “the Beatitudes put forth five main subjects:
- The spirit that should animate the children of the kingdom,
- The spirit in which they are to fulfill the laws and practices of Judaism.
- Detachment from riches,
- Relations with one’s neighbor, and
- The decisive act of choice that must be made (and the practical consequences that must be accepted) in order to enter the kingdom.”
How happy are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
No matter your wealth, follow God. Be as humble as the poorest.
Happy the gentle; they shall have the earth for their heritage.
Always be kind to others as was Jesus, never harsh or boisterous.
Happy those who mourn; they shall be comforted.
Care about others and aid in their sorrows, even if only through prayer.
Happy those who hunger and thirst for what is right; they shall be satisfied.
Want and desire to follow God’s spiritual path, given to us by Jesus.
Happy the merciful; they shall have mercy shown them.
Always give the benefit of the doubt, a second chance, and forgiveness.
Happy the pure in heart; they shall see God.
Live a holy life. Always ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?”
Happy the peacemakers; they shall be called sons of God.
Always strive for harmony and peace.
Happy those who are persecuted in the cause of right; theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Never stop loving or following God, regardless the results or hardships.
I have always loved this man of God’s interpretation.
It’s so easy to understand and apply these principles from Jesus to my life.
I hope it helps you, as well.