The beatitudes are considered to be powerful declarations made by Jesus Christ when he preached the gospel on the Mount. In Matthew 5:1-12, Jesus talks about eight declarations that every believer should work on if they would like to enter the gates of Heaven one day. Jesus wanted to make sure that everyone understood that he was not downplaying the ten commandments and the law that Moses introduced to the Israelites after they were able to leave their oppressed life in the land of Egypt. The Beatitudes should be viewed as a way of life for all believers to be motivated to live an abundant life through Christ.
Matthew, which is the first book of the New Testament, introduces the gospel of Jesus and why he is the Messiah who has been sent to save the world from sin. During the time when Jesus began preaching, the Roman empire had complete control over the land of Nazareth and was against the Israelites being led to follow the Messiah because in their minds he would overthrow their government system. Jesus came to Earth with a mission to teach everyone about how to have faith in God and to not turn their backs on others even when they prosecute you.
The beatitudes are a guiding light for anyone to seek salvation and to know that their time here on Earth can be spent serving God and others. It can be difficult at times to keep your mind from going astray and to seek revenge on those who have prosecuted us. God wants us all to turn the other cheek and to forgive people who have went out of their way to hurt us. If Jesus was able to forgive the people who ridiculed and prosecuted him, then why is keeping man from doing the same thing.
Jesus sacrificed his life to save the world because he had unconditional love for people who did not even have the audacity to even thank him for doing so. Life is going to get very rough at times and it can be so easy to just avoid being a good Samaritan because maybe you are facing a trial or tribulation that is causing you to act out of character. Jesus presented the beatitudes during his sermon on the Mount because he wanted every believer and non-believer to understand that life can be filled with so much joy and happiness if you just let go of the pain and suffering you have endured.
The beatitudes can show individuals what will keep them from entering the gates of Heaven and how their behavior can affect the relationships they have with their loved ones and even strangers. In Matthew 5, verse 11-12, New Living Translation states, “God blesses you when people mock you and prosecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were prosecuted in the same way”.
Jesus was basically telling everyone no matter what anyone might say about you, God has already given you a name that is much greater than any human being can ever think of. Do not became sad or depressed or what others choose to say and act towards you because God has a plan for you that will be filled with so much joy and happiness.
The beatitudes can be applied to your daily life by taking the time out to understand how you should treat others and how to go about things when you are placed in certain situations. The purpose of the beatitudes is for people to remain positive during their trials and tribulations and to wait on God to present your blessings.