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 for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:3-12, ESV)
Blessed are those who are not full of themselves, for then there is room within them for the kingdom of God. Blessed are those who groan over things not being as they were intended to be, for one day they will be made whole again. Blessed are those who do not need to draw attention to themselves, for with no need to compare or compete, they make this world a better place. Blessed are those who long to be more like Jesus, for he is the only one who can fill them up. Blessed are those whose hearts go out to those around them, for, because of that, God’s heart goes out to them. Blessed are those who remain untainted by the world around them, for, with less to distort their vision, they will have a clearer view of God. Blessed are those who bring harmony to all of creation, for they resemble their heavenly Father. Blessed are those the world puts down because they are so full of light, for their very lives constantly convict those walking in darkness.
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