One of the most famous things that Jesus spoke is known as “The Beatitudes.”
“Beatitude” means to have all the good things one needs. Its opposite is misery! The Beatitudes, as Jesus delivered them, are meant to help us understand that no matter what, because we have Him as our Savior, we have possession of all things good!
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.” Matthew 5:3-11
What is a beatitude, and why did Jesus give them to us?