We begin Chapter 5 reading:
And we finish it off with Jesus teaching us:
In between these two verses lies an often oversimplified plan for developing your spiritual maturity - The Beatitudes.
The word Beatitudes stems from the Latin word “beatitude.” It means happiness.
This is a clear sign to us of a special promise. By developing these character traits in our own lives, we open ourselves up for a happiness and contentment only available in Christ.
The Amplified version of the text makes that promise even more promising. Here is a full description of the blessing promised to you.
Wow! Look at what Jesus says will be the inheritance of those who learn to walk as He describes in the Beatitudes!
If that is not spiritual maturity, I don’t know what is.
But how many Christians have really developed these attitudes that Jesus promised would produce this kind of happiness?
Let’s be honest. Most of these character traits are the opposite of what is valued by everyone else around us.
In fact, some of them just sound plain weak.
Why would Jesus say you should be poor in spirit? Doesn't meek really equal weak? If you are too merciful, won't people in this fallen world just run all over you? And who can really say they are pure of heart anyways?
These are just some of the questions you will have answers to by the time you finish this Beatitudes Bible Study Course.
Beatitudes Bible StudyReflection Questions
1. Do you consider yourself to be a mature Christian? Why or why not?
2. If you had to define the terms meekness and humility in your own words, how would you describe them? What is your honest gut reaction when you hear each of these words?
3. Do you think the Beatitudes are still relevant for the world we live in today? Why or why not?
paints a picture of spiritual maturity
Lesson 2: The power in humility and meekness
Lesson 3: Receiving God's Forgiveness
Lesson 4: Learning How to Forgive
Lesson 5: Final Keys to Christian Spiritual Growth
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