Jesus gave us the Beatitudes, recorded in the Bible , Matthew 5:1-12.  When I read through them I find joy, hope and comfort.  They are promises to you and me and all those who want to prepare for heaven.  

Jesus declares those who are “poor in spirit” and “who realize their need for Him” (v. 3) will surely enter the kingdom of heaven.  Jesus promises that His Father blesses those who mourn, giving them comfort.  This promise of God is most applicable to our pandemic.  We have pretty much all lost someone or something of value and great meaning to us that cannot be replaced.  Yet God will comfort us as no one else can. 

Also, God blesses those with a gentle and lowly manner.  They know how to treat others with love and compassion.  They are the meek of heart whom God promises will inherit the earth.  Wow! 

God will bless those who “hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (v. 6).  

“God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (v. 7).

As a gift to those whose hearts are pure, God promises they will see Him and live with Him forever.

God blesses the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God, worthy of heaven.

God blesses those who are persecuted because their lives are dedicated to God, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

God blesses everyone who is mocked and persecuted and lied about because they are Christ’s followers, for they are promised a great reward in heaven.

        Scripture quotations taken from the New Living Translation of the Bible



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