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4/2 The Sermon on the Mount – the Seven Beautitudes of Jesus

As we continue with our series on The Psychology of Jesus, we have added a paraphrase of what Jesus said in Matthew, chapter 5 called “The Sermon on the Mount” or ‘the Beatitudes’.  These are seven basic statements about the Psychology of Jesus and His message to the people around Him and to us today.  Read through each verse and comment carefully as those who have ears to ear, let them listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to you today:

      1.  Help is promised to those who seek release from the afflictions of life: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

Better said would be“Congratulations when you find yourself in difficulty because satisfying results will follow if certain conditions are met”.  To those who recognise pain as a ‘gift’ and learn God-given coping methods for such pain, they shall know God’s kingdom.  By not handling the universal and inevitable pains of this life in a healthy way, abnormal anxiety, fear and apprehension will result. 

The warning signs of anxiety must lead us to find peace.  Those not engulfed in pride“the poor in spirit” – will seek answers.  An emotionally healthy person is one who is realistic about their limitations, has stability to face life’s ups and downs and has accepted themselves as God has made them.

2.  Help is promised to those who seek to express and can release emotions: “Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.”  Matthew 5:4.

“To mourn” in this context, means a self-contained, curbed, held in, pent-up grief, a deep discouragement, better translated as ‘depression’.  Consolation, a change of conditions within the mental under-standing, will be given – if they allow themselves to mourn!  “Congratulations to the depressed for he will enjoy life again and regain his ability to be happy – through applying God’s inner reconstruction

Underlying personality traits, such as the over-serious, the over-conscientious and those restricted in mind will be helped.  Those caught in worry, in the drive for power or control, by slavery to idols, in an overwhelming, unconscious need for love and dependence – will be helped.  This type of sorrow is one that allows us to change our minds and find God’s way out.

3.  Help is promised to those who are Over-concerned: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth.”  Matthew 5:5

Or said like this: “Congratulations to the meek”to the easy-going, those who take life calmly, people who are not impetuous or given to frequent outbursts, the casual, collected and informal person – for they shall receive the tangible possessions, the earth, that they can put their feet squarely on. 

The calm mind, those with emotional quietness of a reconstructed mind, those able to manage the conflicting stresses – will inherit their own piece of God’s Earth.  Through accepting and applying Jesus’ message, they will achieve an emotional equilibrium.  This change in their life is  ‘being blessed’.

4.  Help is promised to those who seek freedom: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”  Matthew 5:6

  Jesus was saying “Congratulations to those who hunger” – who want desperately, that is to crave ardently, who seek with an eager desire, who experience a feeling of eager longing for  satisfaction of those things which bring support, refreshment and strength.”  This drive motivates them toward those things which bring right standing with God. 

Virtue, integrity and uprightness are promised with this reconstruction that comes with the Psychology of Jesus.  Emotionally disturbed people need such motivation and clarity of purpose to find hope and freedom.  Wrong thinking influences the neurotic, the anxious and the fearful.  Jesus’ model of health reaches this need.

5.  Help to those seeking what it means to be human: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy,” Matthew 5:7

“Congratulations to those who have the ability to feel human emotions, to identify with the problems of another, to be able to humanise one’s feelings and show them in action.  In doing so, to be gracious is to console or to help others.” 

The readiness to give aid, or empathy, brings us outside our own world, to reach out to others.  When we exercise mercy for others, we also receive mercy.  Forgive and we are forgiven.  Emotional and mental illness grows with isolation, bitterness and withdrawal.  This beatitude draws on the sowing and reaping principles which are at the heart of a God of mercy.

6.  Help to those who need an attitude adjustment: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”  Matthew 5:8

Purity, a seemingly impossible goal, is also an attitude of the heart.  The Lord is referring to a lifestyle of being refined as unalloyed gold.  This describes a purity of mind, emotions, motives and endeavours which healthy people possess.  The heart’s responses have been purified, and in doing so, shall “…..see God……” in their life’s experiences. 

The deep feelings of insecurity, of not being loved or accepted add to the ‘impurity’ of this world’s cares.  What is within a person will be reflected in these feelings and in their actions.  A total reconstruction program with God allows us to see Him clearly.

7.  Help to those who seek the power of change: “Blessed are the peace-makers for they shall be called the children of God.”  Matthew 5:9

We are at peace when we have accepted God’s way of peace.  This peace is a harmony, a unity which grows with the lack of hostility to others and to ourselves.  Anxiety and fear cannot dominate anyone who has found this true peace with God.  The true peacemaker has faced their problems, not avoided them:  “…to be envied…” is one who works to bring peace – within and with others. 

When this happens, a change reaction happens that goes beyond our understanding.  This peace will keep the mind stable with a sense of confidence and adequacy, influencing the physical health as well.  Colossians 3:15 instructs us to “…let the peace of God rule in your hearts …” as peace is part of His character too.

The heart of Jesus’ message has not changed.  His words have been heard down through the 2,000 years since He first spoke them.  His words have been taken by the Holy Spirit and dedicated Jesus Followers to almost every corner of the globe.  His message has changed countless upon countless lives and given hope to a dying world.  May His worlds ring true for you today as you think about the Psychology of Jesus in light of your own life.

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

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