Women of the Word | Godly Women, Day 2
The Beatitudes are an ethical model for Christians that requires a declaration of dependence on God.
Verse of the Day
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8 ESV
What are key characteristics of someone you would think of as blessed? Explain.
Do you envy those who appear to be blessed differently or more so than you?
What do you seek out for comfort in times of need and suffering?
Our culture is jealous, idolatrous, and materialistic and it is too easy to fall into the culture and away from the characteristics God calls on us to display.
We must remember that He is the source of salvation, comfort, and all of our needs and that only He is sufficient. Things of this world will never satisfy what we truly long to satisfy.
The Beatitudes are commonly applied to women, but should actually be applied to all who follow Jesus. Today we will dive into practical applications for each Beatitude characteristic.
Read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, Galatians 5:22-26 & Psalm 1:1-2
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a ESV
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:22-26 ESV
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. Psalm 1:1-2 ESV
What specifically stands out to you as a key reminder in how to conduct yourself?
Why is it important to know how God defines love and the fruits of His Spirit?
Our definition of love and what qualifies us as “good” does not compare to God’s definition. We must always look to God’s definition over our own, and seek to live by His Word not the world’s.
Read Matthew 5:3
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 ESV
What does it mean to be blessed?
Strong’s G3107: Blessed - makários, mak-ar'-ee-os; fortunate, well-off, happy.
To be blessed in this sense is to happily be of good fortune.
This is about recognizing that it is God who blesses and provides, and recognizing that His provisions are sufficient.
How does being poor in spirit qualify one for inheriting the kingdom of Heaven?
Strong’s G4434: Poor - ptōchós, pto-khos'; pauper, beggar.
Being poor in the spirit is to be humble; recognizing our need for God and trusting Him to provide all we need.
When we humbly subject ourselves to the rule of Christ, we enter into a salvation relationship with Him and inherit the promise of eternity in Heaven.
Subjecting to the rule of Christ includes to subject yourself to His provisions and trust that He truly is sufficient for all your needs.
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26 ESV
Read Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4 ESV
Strong’s G3996: Mourn - penthéō, pen-theh'-o; to grieve, wail, grief so all encompassing that cannot be hidden, passionate lamenting.
“Those who mourn” is referring to those who are sensitive and responsive to their sin and compassionate towards others.
Why would we be blessed to mourn?
Mourning here is to mourn a loss of something due to sin.
The loss of earthly things due to sin should lead you to mourning and seeking God’s forgiveness and comfort.
When we are led to Him through our mourning, it is a blessing because it strengthens our dependence on God and repentance from our sin.
God is our comforter. He will be there for us when we are hurting, will forgive us when we sin, and will always lead us back to the right path and strengthen us through the process.
We must come to God in our grief because grief that does not lead you back to God will always lead you into darkness, and eventually cause spiritual death.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ESV
For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death. 2 Corinthians 7:10 ESV
Read Matthew 5:5
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 ESV
Strong’s G4239: Meek - praÿs, prah-ooce'; gentle, humble, meek.
How do we display meekness?
The meek are those who are gentle and dependent on God rather than themselves.
The meek display self-control and submission to God.
Meekness equates to humility and recognition that you cannot do it on your own; we all need God in all things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 ESV
Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct. Do not let your adorning be external the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening. Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. 1 Peter 3:1-7 ESV
But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace. Psalm 37:11 ESV
Read Matthew 5:6
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Matthew 5:6 ESV
Strong’s G1342: Righteousness - dikaiosýnē, dik-ah-yos-oo'-nay; innocent, holy, righteous, just; righteousness of God; designate the perfect agreement of God’s nature and acts in which He is the standard for all people.
What does it mean to “hunger and thirst for righteousness”?
To hunger and thirst for righteousness is to desire to hear and obey the will of God.
“Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” are those who long for true righteousness to be evident in their life, but recognise that coming into a relationship with God is the only way to satisfy their hunger and thirst.
We must all recognize that only God can satisfy our needs and submit to His provisions.
We also need to recognize that earthly or material wealth does not equate to the righteousness of God that we yearn for.
He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. Luke 1:53 ESV
Read Matthew 5:7
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Matthew 5:7 ESV
Strong’s G1655: Merciful - eleḗmōn, el-eh-ay'-mone; actively compassionate; of Christ as a High Priest, and those who are like God.
Why should we have mercy for others?
The merciful are those who are compassionate toward the needs of others and, out of faith, work to meet those needs.
Mercy that is shown to others will also be shown to us.
God gives us all that we have, even and especially our salvation through the blood of His Son, and commands us to have mercy for others as He has with us.
If God has mercy for us, how could we possibly think we have any right to withhold mercy for others? None of us deserve mercy, but He gives it and commands it anyway.
And her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. Luke 1:58 ESV
Read Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8 ESV
Strong’s G2513: pure - katharós, kath-ar-os - Clean, clear, pure; free from corrupt desire, from sin and guilt in reference to the heart.
Strong’s G2588: heart - kardía, kar-dee'-ah - The heart; figuratively, thoughts or feelings; mind
Why is purity so important in the life of a Christian?
“Those who are pure in heart” live a lifestyle of holiness, set apart and different from the world, including in thoughts and actions.
Being pure in heart means you are pursuing purity in all areas of life.
In order to be in a right relationship with God we must seek to lead a lifestyle of purity, constantly repenting and seeking for God to clean the darkness, brokenness and sin from our lives, softening our hearts to Him and His will.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 ESV
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Psalm 24:4-6 ESV
Read Matthew 5:9
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9 ESV
Strong’s G1518: Peacemakers - eirēnopoiós, i-ray-nop-oy-os; subjectively peaceable, loving peace, pacific.
What does it mean to be a peacemaker?
Peacemakers are those who seek reconciliation, forgiveness, forbearance, and restoration of fellowship.
Whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. Romans 3:25 ESV
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 12:18 ESV
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32 ESV
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. Philippians 1:3-5 ESV
To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. Titus 3:2 ESV
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 ESV
Read Matthew 5:10-11
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Matthew 5:10-11 ESV
Why would it be a blessing to be persecuted and reviled?
To be persecuted for righteousness sake means that your loyalty and commitment to God can not be broken.
To be persecuted is to be treated wrongly because of your faith.
Patience is needed to willingly endure suffering and persecution.
Being persecuted for standing firm with Christ is a blessing because He is being glorified and honored through our suffering, and our faith is being strengthened and used as a light for His good.
Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Luke 13:35 ESV
So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter. Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:15-17 ESV
Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 2:3 ESV
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 2 Timothy 3:12 ESV
Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 1 Peter 4:12-14 ESV
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Romans 12:14 ESV
If we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; 2 Timothy 2:12 ESV
And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. Matthew 10:22 ESV
For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV
And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. Mark 4:17 ESV
Therefore let those who suffer according to God's will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good. 1 Peter 4:19 ESV
Strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. Acts 14:22 ESV
Read Matthew 5:12
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matthew 5:12 ESV
Strong’s G5463: Rejoice - chaírō, khah'-ee-ro: To be cheerful, calmly happy or well-off, glad, joyful; in reference to the prospect of reward.
Strong’s G21: be exceeding glad - agalliáō, ag-al-lee-ah'-o: to exult, rejoice exceedingly, be exceeding glad.
What are the great rewards we have in Heaven?
Our real rewards are awaiting us in heaven and we should not dwell on earthly things.
We should rejoice over every reward we receive from God and the hope of the rewards yet to come.
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. John 15:18 ESV
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. Matthew 6:19-24 ESV
Why are these characteristics important for all children of God to apply to themselves?
How can we focus more on our treasure in Heaven and less on things of the world?
How do you need to correct your attitude toward grief, hardship and persecution?
How can we support others better in their times of need and suffering?
What areas of your life can you apply the Beatitudes better?