Step By Step To Attain Beautiful Attitudes

The word beatitude means a state of great joy and is from the Latin word beatitudo, meaning “Blessedness.”

Some time ago, I attended a midweek fellowship ministered by Pastor Adeline and she refers to the 8 beatitudes given by Jesus on the mount as “beautiful attitudes” and that stuck in my mind ever since.

Truly, Jesus expects all His true followers to attain these beautiful attitudes, that’s why He taught them in the first place.

I believe as Christians we can manifest these beatitudes in our lives one step at a time as long as we continually lean on the Holy Spirit.

Let’s look at the eight beatitudes as written in Matthew 5:3–11;

1. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

2. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted

3. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth

4. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled

5. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy

6. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God

7. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God

8. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

8b. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven

1. The poor in spirit

The first building block in your walk with Jesus is being born again. When you accept Jesus as your Lord and saviour, a new spirit was birth forth in you. However, your new spirit is powerless without the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:8a says;

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;”

The continual awareness of the poor nature of your spirit, keep you dependent on the Holy Spirit to guide all your ways. Being poor in spirit is the foundation block for every Christ-follower and you’re guaranteed the kingdom of heaven.

2. Those who mourn

The next building block on top of the foundation of being poor in spirit is to mourn. To mourn doesn’t mean wailing or weeping (wail means a prolonged high-pitched cry of pain, grief, or anger; weep means shed tears).

To mourn means to feel or show sorrow or regret about something or someone, yes you can weep while you mourn — but weeping alone doesn’t grow you.

To mourn also means cry out to the Lord for help, mercy and strength to live the Christ-like life. Psalm 34:15 wrote;

“The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help.”

According to the amplified bible translation, to mourn means to mourn over your sins and repent. Be rest assured of the Lord’s comfort when you mourn for spiritual things.

3. The meek

The next building block is being meek. This is an expected attitude of a Christian who has been comforted by the Lord. A Christian should become very humble, patient, gentle and submissive because of what the Lord has done in their life.

Be humble because Christ himself is humble as written in Philippians 2:7–8;

“…rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death — even death on a cross!”

Meekness is not an attitude you pray for per se — it’s the outcome of the first 2 building blocks of a Christian walk with Jesus.

Poor in spirit + mourn = meekness

4. Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness

As a humbled Christian, the Spirit makes you begin to hunger and thirst after righteousness. You become hungry to know the right standing with God by studying His Word. The Lord promised in Isaiah 32:17;

“The fruit of righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever”

To be right with God is simply to obey what He commands and you will be filled. Jesus said in John 14:21;

“Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

5. The merciful

After you are filled with the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ. You will surely produce the good fruit as expected, Matthew 7:17 says;

“Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.”

Showing mercy to others is the product of a good tree of righteousness, with that you are able to forgive someone 70x7 without even counting.

“Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy times seven.’” — Matthew 18:22

If you’re merciful, be rest assured of God’s mercy too.

6. The pure in heart

The righteous one who is filled with Love and mercy is undeniably pure in heart. When your heart doesn’t hold any bitterness, hatred, anger, gossip, resentment, jealousy but only filled with the fruit of the Spirit — That’s a beautiful heart that deserves to see God.

Again, you don’t pray for pure heart, it’s a product of being filled with righteousness and mercy.

Righteousness + mercy = Pure in heart

7. The peacemaker

Those who are pure in heart can make peace with the leading of the Spirit. Peacemakers don’t just keep the peace (peacekeepers) — that only solve the issue temporarily. But when there is chaos, the peacemakers' sort to bring peace by finding a lasting solution to the problem.

The children of God can bring peace on earth because they are connected to Christ Jesus, who is called the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

And also, Colossians 3:15 says;

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

8. Those persecuted for righteousness’ sake

Those who are called to peace in Christ Jesus will be persecuted in the world. Jesus forewarned us in John 15:20;

Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.

8b. Those insulted and persecuted for Christ sake

Peter wrote to the elects scattered around the world in 1 Peter 4:12–14;

“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange was happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.”

James also wrote in the book of James 1:2;

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of faith brings perseverance.”

These are the steps to attain the beautiful attitudes of a Christ-follower. Every step is a prerequisite for the next step — you can’t just skip to the last.

This means you can’t pray to be a peacemaker if you’re not pure in heart, in short, the people you’re trying to make peace for will not pay attention to you.

The expectation of these 8 beautiful attitudes is impossible to attain by any human effort. The good news is that we have the Holy Spirit — our helper that can lead us through these steps one after the other.

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” — John 14:26

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