The passage of scripture below is known as “The Beatitudes.” This word comes from the Latin word “beatus,” and carries the connotation of being both “happy” and “blessed.” In the Bible, the Beatitudes refer to series of eight blessings in the Gospel of Matthew that Jesus taught to His followers in His sermon on the mount. As you read below, you can be confident that you will “be” blessed if you exhibit these eight “attitudes”!
(Matthew 5:1-12) 1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. He said: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.