“What this Beatitude means, then, is: blessed are those who are persecuted because they are holy, or because they are striving to be holy, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. Thus, blessed is he who suffers persecution for being true to Jesus Christ and who does so not only patiently but joyfully. Circumstances arise in a Christian’s life that call for heroism — where no compromise is admissible: either one stays true to Jesus Christ whatever the cost in terms of reputation, life or possessions
The Beatitudes seem like such simple words when reading over them. It is not until our challenging moments in life when Christ's teachings take on a whole new meaning; it is then that the Holy Spiritgives us a profound understanding. The Beatitudes are the picture of the believer's life when the Holy Spirit is having her way with us. Where are you seeing the Holy Spirit give you a new understanding of the words of Jesus? . . . . . . .
To an unlikely cast of characters, Jesus makes incredible promises. But the eight characters mentioned are not individual people standing in line at the Blessing Bank waiting for the next teller. These eight blessed characters provide a mental picture of the process through which God leads every believer as we experience new life in Christ.