The Ten Blessings

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The Lord gave us the Ten Blessings to help us enrich our spiritual lives. Each blessing tells us something about an attitude or state of mind that can help us become receptive of the happiness that the Lord wants to give us.

The Story

Read in Matthew 5:3-12.

Ideas for discussion

  1. The Lord gave us the Ten Blessings as part of the Sermon on the Mount. Each blessing begins with the word “blessed” which means “happy.”
  2. The blessings (also known as the beatitudes) suggest ways we can develop our perspective to find true happiness. True blessings are inner, spiritual rewards that come from living a truly charitable life. Try reading through the blessings and think about how each condition or attitude could help spiritually.
  3. There are layers of meaning hidden within them that can help us understand the blessings more fully.
  4. Being poor in spirit is having the humility to recognize the Lord as the source of truth and look to Him for guidance.
  5. How are those who mourn blessed? The Lord can bless people who are sorry about what they have done wrong. If they are truly sorry, the Lord can help them turn away from the evils and comfort them.
  6. The meek are people willing to be led by the Lord. They try to be kind but are not afraid to stand up for what is right.
  7. What is meant by those who hunger and thirst for righteousness? They long for truth, and they want to bring goodness and truth together in their lives.
  8. To be merciful is to want what is good for people, and to be willing to forgive others. But we also need to be careful not to facilitate wrongdoing, for this is not genuinely merciful.
  9. How can we become pure in heart? We can ask the Lord to help us put away evil thoughts and actions. Evil spirits try to discourage or “persecute” us when we try to do better.
  10. What does it mean to be persecuted for righteousness’ sake? Evil spirits challenge us when we try to do better and try to discourage us from following the Lord.
  11.  We can experience a sense of peace when we have confidence in the Lord, trusting Him to lead us and trying to do what is good.

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