How the Order of the Beatitudes Could Change Your Life

Colin Smith | February 10, 2017


Everyone wants to be blessed. We want to be blessed in our relationships, our businesses, and our churches. We want to be blessed in life, death, and eternity. The opposite of being blessed is being cursed—and nobody wants that.

No one knows where to find blessing better than Jesus does, so when he speaks about blessing in the beatitudes (Matt. 5:1–12), I want to listen, and so should you.

What does a blessed life look like? Is it having a happy marriage? Gifted children? Good health? Fulfilling work? Financial stability? Travel opportunities? You could add to this list of rich blessings. But none is included in our Lord’s description.

Jesus doesn’t say “Blessed are the happily married,” but “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” He doesn’t say “Blessed are those who enjoy good health,” but “Blessed are those who mourn.” According to Jesus, the greatest blessings aren’t found where we normally look, but in places we aren’t inclined to explore.

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When our Lord tells his disciples about life under God’s blessing, he doesn’t begin with a class on doctrine or with a mandate for mission. Instead, he describes a person poor in spirit, one who mourns over sins, meekly submits to God, and longs…


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