Beatitudes – Poor in Spirit

Humble

Matthew 5:3 ”Blessed are the poor in spirit,

For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven”

Meaning:

We are to have humility in our lives. If you have humility, pride is taken away from you and you are sensitive to God’s ministry through you. What does God want you to do to help humankind?

Other references to being poor in spirit:

Isaiah 61:1

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,

Because the Lord has anointed me

To proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

To proclaim freedom for the captives

And release darkness for the prisoners.”

The prisoners are those who do not know God and have not accepted him into their lives.

Luke 4: 16 -21

16”He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the places where it was written:

18’The Spirit of the Lord is on me,

Because he has anointed me

To proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners

And recovery of sight to the blind, 

To set the oppressed free,

19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’

20Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21He began by saying to them, ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’”

Luke 7:22

“So he replied to the messengers, ‘Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.’”

My Interpretation of this Beatitude:

The poor are those who do not know God and his love for us as humans. He loved us so much that he sent his only Son to not only take on the human body but he also died for our sins on the cross. We are to share the news of God with everyone. Note: Not everyone will accept the news but it’s up to us to continually share it. You never know when your words will help someone. Someone might be ready to take that leap of faith to learn to love and trust God. He could become the center of their lives. You might be the one to help lead them there. Remember he goes to find the 1 lost sheep. Are you going to be the one to lead that lost sheep back to his/ her/ their Shepherd?


I’ve included a song about the Lord looking for the lost sheep. HE has a Reckless Love for us. HE will find us.

I’ll continue with the rest of the Beatitudes.

May you be blessed,
Traci

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