Where the Ten Commandments tell us, for the most part, what not to do, the Beatitudes tell us how to live in a Christ-like manner. They highlight all the good virtues that we should possess. The Beatitudes serve us well.
Virtues Associated with the Beatitudes
Humility: “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:3).
Caring/Compassion: “Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matt 5:4).
Meekness: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land” (Matt 5:5).
Justice: “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied” (Matt 5:6).
Mercy: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Matt 5:7).
Piety: “Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God (Matt 5:8).
Peace: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God” (Matt 5:9).
Faith: “Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:10).
Our Path on the Journey of Life
These virtues, and the Beatitudes, make up our road map for the journey of our lives. Mastering these virtues, by living the Beatitudes, to the best of our abilities, sets us on the right path. If we embrace these virtues, and practice them, then, when it is our time to transition to the next life, we will be in good shape. We will have done our best to emulate Christ to others, and that is all that Jesus asks of any of us. So, begin now, by being humble, caring, compassionate, meek, just, merciful, pious, peaceful, and filled with faith. I suggest starting with one virtue and building on each one. Take it slowly, so that each virtue becomes a natural part of your life.
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