Mathew 5:3-10 New King James Version
“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 meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
This is an open invitation and call to all people to consider themselves and re-evaluate themselves. How can each of us receive God’s blessing? The guidance is right here within the Sermon on the Mount. What comfort is there in a life where we must mourn or experience persecutions? What promise is there in our struggles to be better people?
Jesus promises blessings to those who mourn and have known great loss. He blesses those that have suffered and have been persecuted for the causes of peace, justice, righteousness, and compassion. However we may appear to be on the outside, we are judged by the nature of who we are inside– we are most judged by what is in our hearts. Whether we are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, asexual, pansexual, intersex, gender variant, or questioning… if our hearts are filled with compassion and humility and love and empathy, we can be assured that there is a blessing for us.
We must struggle to make peace with those that would hate us and persecute us and threaten us with violence. For our struggles to be peacemakers and to love our neighbors and enemies, we will be blessed as sons of God. God desires us to be better people and to forgive others as Jesus forgave us all for all our short comings and sins.
God, who knows us intimately, knows who we really are and knows how we truly feel. He knows our intentions, thoughts, and feelings. We can take comfort in that He understands us when others may not. We can take comfort in knowing that blessings do await us if we do our best to follow the right path– a path defined by love, compassion, empathy, generosity, charity, humility, and humanity.