“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
How can a person who is poor - in any way - be considered blessed by God?
Jesus is talking here about a person who is poor in her spirit.
Jesus met many people who were not like this. They were very proud in their spirit.
Those people thought that they were great and they were helping God.
They expected God to applaud them and reward them for being such good people.
But those proud people did not know God. Jesus is looking for a different kind of person: a person who is poor in spirit.
This kind of person knows that they need God for help. They are not looking for a reward for being a good person.
They're asking to be forgiven for their wrongs. They want God to have mercy on them.
Jesus tells us that this is the kind of person who really gets to know God. Right now, this kind of person gets to have God live in their lives and help them. They are blessed.
These “words to live by” are from Jesus, and can be found in the Bible – Matthew, chapter 5, verse 3
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