When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.”
Are we Blessed? This is a question many of us ponder – especially in some of the darkest and most challenging times when we feel anything, but Blessed. Here’s the thing – at some point in this world, everyone has been “poor in spirit”, has “mourned”, has felt and/or been “meek”, has “hungered and thirsted”, has been “merciful, has been “clean of heart”, has been a “peacemaker”, and has been “persecuted” and “insulted” for doing the Right thing. But, not of that is our fault – it is our choice by our free will to follow Jesus that gets us “falsely-accused/persecuted” all because of “Him [Me]”. Jesus knows that He picked a fight with this world when He chose to come in the flesh and roam Israel. That was His choice. We must remember that loving Him will cost us everything in this world, but we must also remember that loving Him will also bring us “great rewards” in the World to come – Heaven. So, let’s be sure to Choose Him in all areas of our lives for, by doing so, we are already Blessed in God.