Daily Devotion to Jesus Christ – 193 of 366


“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.”
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
–  Matthew 5:3-12  (Jesus speaking)


This first section of The Sermon on the Mount is called “The Beatitudes” – a term derived from the Latin word for “blessed.”

The Gospel of Luke contains some of the teachings found in Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount.  Luke’s version of the beatitudes reads as follows:

“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.”
“Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied.”
“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.”
“Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.  Be glad in that day and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven. For in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets.”
“But woe to you who are rich, for you are receiving your comfort in full.”
“Woe to you who are well-fed now, for you shall be hungry.”
“Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.”
“Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way.”
–  Luke 6:20-26

It is easy to imagine how Jesus repeated important teachings from place to place without using the exact same words every time.

Jesus thus begins the Sermon on the Mount by declaring the values critical to His kingdom.


(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking.  Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.”  During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come.  That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)

Lord, I will think about and practice Your values until they become my own…(this is where you remain quiet to let Him work in your thoughts)…  Amen.

(All scriptures, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the NASB.)

Index to Scriptures Used So Far in These Daily Posts

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