I read something in a catechism or a Catholic article that said that anyone who had a “Beatitude attitude” was led by the Holy Spirit; whether they were aware of it or not.
Jesus said by their fruit you will know them. What is this fruit? Besides the fruit of the Spirit that Paul named in Galatians chapter 5.
The first Beatitude is blessed are the poor in spirit. This has nothing to do with being financially rich. A rich person can be poor in spirit if they know they are nothing and everything comes from God.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. This could refer to the empathy and highly sensitive people who are bothered by some of the shit that goes on down here.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. A meek person is a humble person that knows the source of everything comes from God. When we trust in God, we are not tossed to and fro by worldly troubles and have an assurance of life everlasting; this we overcome the world and inherit the earth.
Blessed are those that hunger and thirst after righteousness. This follows the poor in spirit. It involves knowing there is a better way to live than just accepting things as being human nature. And it knows the source and seeks after it diligently.
Blessed are those who are persecuted. When you pursue righteousness, you run counter to the world. You will likely encounter some subtle, or not so subtle, persecution. The grace of God will empower us to rise above it and keep pushing forward.
Blessed are the pure in heart. Jesus said love for God and love for neighbor fulfills the whole of the law of God.
Blessed are the peacemakers. Those that strive to live in peace while worldly types are always in conflict of some sort.
Blessed are the merciful. We are saved by the grace and mercy of God. When we show mercy and not judge others, we are being merciful. The bible promises we will experience mercy because mercy triumphs over judgement.
The late Evangelist, Billy Graham once told a story about how he witnessed to a Buddhist monk. The monk received Jesus and went on to say that he already knew Him, but he didn’t know him by name.
Anybody who exhibits this kind of Beatitude attitude is no doubt led by the spirit; directly or indirectly.
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