“Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor; the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them.
Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised.
Happy are those whose desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully.
Happy are those who are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them.
Happy are the pure in heart; they will see God.
Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them His children.
Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires; the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
Happy are you when people insult you and tell all kind of evil lies against you because you are my followers. Be happy and glad, for a great reward is kept for you in heaven. This is how the prophets who lived before you were persecuted.” (Matthew 5:3-12).
This is what Jesus taught His disciples about true happiness; to see happiness even in those challenging moments.
Sometimes while struggling to do what is expected of us; what is right, we tend to get discouraged. Sometimes one gets tired when they are caring for the old; because they are demanding and one is required to be really patient. Don’t lose hope, God sees all that and He will reward you accordingly.
Sometimes after a careful reflection one realizes they are miserable sinners; like there couldn’t be a greater sinner than them. But don’t beat yourself about it; if you feel that, you are on the right track. The mere act of acknowledging one’s transgressions is the first step towards reconciling one’s self with God.
There are many people referred to in the beatitudes, but I noticed one thing with all of them; Jesus was, in a way, motivating those who feel disadvantaged; spiritually, emotionally, physically. It takes strength to admit one’s a sinner; it takes strength to not fight back when one is feeling oppressed, because they know God will fight their battles; it takes courage to be merciful/humble, especially when can easily choose to be arrogant. It takes so much strength to live by God’s will, especially when the society seems to promote everything He is against. Jesus says to not grow weary; the reward awaits all those worthy of it.
He talked about the pure in heart. One doesn’t just get a pure heart; it’s a constant battle one has to fight to remain uncorrupted. That takes strength. Do not be discouraged; God’s watching and when the time’s right, you will get your reward.
The world we live in today encourages revenge as a means of survival. ‘Slap me once and I’ll slap you twice’. That’s the mantra people seem to live by. Only a few remember to turn the other cheek; to repay evil with good, in the quest for peace. Those too shall be rewarded.
Jesus obviously knew it would be a herculean task to be a believer in a world, so vast. He-God, made man-was Himself put to death by people who didn’t believe in Him. So where would that put all mere mortals, who profess their faith in Him? Those who are taunted/persecuted by others for believing in Him. He promises them the kingdom of heaven. That’s their ultimate reward.
It’s difficult to accept and live by God’s will, especially when there are many critics waiting to dissect and analyze everything one does; but the secret is to persist; to hold on firm; to believe that even if the world is against what you do, and you know it’s in accordance with God’s will He will reward you for your persistence.