First of all, you might be reading the title, not knowing what the word actually means. Beatitudes? Have you ever heard of this term? It might be your first time coming across this uncommon word, since it isn’t widely used in the 21st century. Now, where do you suppose I read it? You guessed it–The Bible! The one and only Holy Book that I refer to for basis of truth and knowledge, where I can always learn something new.
Upon glancing at the word, ‘beatitudes‘ vaguely looks familiar to the word beauty in my eyes. So this word must mean something beautiful! Let’s see…with some research, I discovered more about the word itself and what it means. Notably seen from The New Testament, the origin of the word ‘beatitudes‘ directly derives from the Bible. Simply put, beatitudes are “blessed sayings” that come from the opening verses of the famous Sermon on the Mount delivered by Jesus Christ and recorded in The Book of Matthew. This atypical word stems from the Latin word ‘beatitudo’, meaning “blessedness.” According to a syllable dictionary on-line, the word is divided into four syllables: ‘Be-at-i-tude’ and pronounced in this fashion: bee·a·tuh·tood.
In Matthew, Chapter 5, verses 3-11, we see that Jesus starts by saying and repeating the phrase: “Blessed are…” in each beatitude, or blessing, as to stress the importance of those who are blessed. It’s also implying a current state of happiness or well-being by the use of the word ‘are’ in the present tense. This expression has a deeply profound message of having daily motivation to seek the Good Lord because those who do are blessed, says the Almighty God. We know that those who turn to Him, hope; those who seek refuge in Him, will find safety; and those who rest on His promises will not worry. These beatitudes signify perfect harmony and perfect joy in those who have faith and seek God, not only when they want, but they seeking Him faithfully every single day.
The eight Beatitudes in Matthew:
3Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the Earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be satisfied.
7Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. 11Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
We know that it is written in Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
Let’s take a look at an author, Colleen Townsend Evans. She wrote a short passage about this verse listed above that talks about meekness. Part of it goes like this…
‘Happy Are the Adaptable‘
Yes, I’m beginning to like this word meekness. And I wonder if it stretches the meaning too far to think of a meek person as someone bendable, adaptable to God and to life. Yes, I think it fits… and I think I need more meekness in my own life. So many things are changing today…our way of life, our values, our children… I want to be able to shift gears easily… to understand and appreciate what is going on around me… In other words, I must be meek in order to meet tomorrow…. I certainly need to be adaptable… Adaptability is something I’ve had to learn… and I think God has used the circumstances of my life to make me more flexible… The unhappy people are the ones who feel threatened by the changes going on around them…Newness frightens them… But there are others who haven’t hardened. Feeling the flow of life, they move in rhythm with it. Their trust in Christ is so real, and the security he gives them is so strong, they cannot be threatened by change….These are the meek people of the world, and when I am with them I sense peace. With God’s help, I want to be more like them.
[Beatitudes Are God’s Blessings[
To summarize these verses, the poor in spirit are blessed by God in heaven. The ones who mourn, will be comforted, says Jesus. The meek, blessed are they, says the Bible. Those who have a hunger and thirst to do good, they will be filled, says the Lord. The merciful are blessed for they will be shown mercy, says Jesus. The pure in heart, they are blessed for they will see God, Jesus promises. The peacemakers, they will be called sons of God. Those who are persecuted because of righteousness are blessed and Jesus says here that the kingdom of Heaven is theirs. Glory to God! Wow! Amen.
May the Lord cover each of you with His unending love!
Leticia Santa Cruz
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Curt Landry Ministries, ‘The Eight Beatitudes in The Bible’: Part 2-Their Meanings and Applications, Published December 20, 2019, Accessed October 12, 2021, https://www.curtlandry.com/the-eight-beatitudes-in-the-bible-part-2-their-meanings-and-applications/#.YWW7VxxOlPY
Danielle from ‘Living Free Indeed’, Finding Beauty in the Beatitudes, Published July 28, 2015, Accessed October 12, 2021, https://www.livingfreeindeed.com/2015/07/28/behind-the-beatitudes/
How Many Syllables, Syllable Dictionary, ‘Beatitude’, Accessed October 12, 2021, https://www.HowManySyllables.com/words/beatitude
Paul, Ian, ‘Psephizo’, Understanding the Beatitudes in Matthew 5, Published October 29, 2020, Accessed October 11, 2021, https://www.psephizo.com/biblical-studies/understanding-the-beatitudes-in-matthew-5/
Townsend-Evans, Colleen from ‘The Women’s Devotional Bible 2’ (New International Version: NIV) by Zondervan Publishing House, Devotional found on pg. 1061, Happy Are The Adaptable, Copyright 1990, 1994, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530, U.S.A.
Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia, ‘Beatitudes’, last edited June 29, 2021, Accessed October 11-12, 2021, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatitudes