Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Beatitudes

Today's blog lends itself to be INTERACTIVE with the children in our life.
 
The Beatitudes taught by Jesus, during His Sermon on the Mount, are declarations of blessing which encompass 8 virtues Jesus expects ALL Christians to live out
 
And one is declared BLESSED when he/she lives out a virtue to the world around them.
 
Today with our children...

Let's read The Beatitudes.

Let's talk about what it means to be BLESSED.

Let's talk about what each of the virtues mean.

Let's come up with examples of how we can live out each virtue.

And then...Let's pray together for Jesus' help to live them out!
 
Note:  You may have to change certain wordage so that your younger children understand!
 
Set The Stage 
There are crowds of people swarming around Jesus.  So...He climbs a hillside and his disciples climb up after him.  They all sit down (it is probably a lot quieter up there) and He teaches the greatest sermon ever taught.  He begins with the Beatitudes, 8 moral virtues He wants every follower of His to live out.  And the most exciting part is that He calls those who live in the way that he asks...BLESSED!
 
Definition of "Blessed" 

To be blessed means far more than just being "happy" because happiness is an emotion often dependent on outward circumstances.  "Blessed" refers to a distinct spiritual joy only attained through relationship and obedience to Jesus.  To be "blessed" because of Jesus is to have peace and hope regardless of one's circumstances.    
 
The Beatitudes 
Matthew 5:1-12
I give both the NIV & The Message version for increased understanding.
 
Virtue #1
 
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.
 
In your own words, what does virtue #1 mean?
Can you give an example of how we could live it out?
 
Virtue #2
 
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
4 “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
 






In your own words, what does virtue #2 mean?
Can you give an example of how we could live it out?

Virtue #3
 
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.

5 “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.






 
In your own words, what does virtue #2 mean?
Can you give an example of how we could live it out?



Virtue #4
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.

6 “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
 






In your own words, what does virtue #4 mean?
Can you give an example of how we could live it out?






 
Virtue #5

7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
 
 7 “You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.
 





In your own words, what does virtue #5 mean?
Can you give an example of how we could live it out?

 
Virtue #6
 
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
  
8 “You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.
 







In your own words, what does virtue #6 mean?
Can you give an example of how we could live it out?

 


Virtue #7
 

9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
 


9 “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
 
 

In your own words, what does virtue #6 mean?
Can you give an example of how we could live it out?

Virtue #8
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

 

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

10 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.


11-12 “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.
 
In your own words, what does virtue #8 mean?
Can you give an example of how we could live it out?



And then let's pray with our children...

Jesus, We pray that You would give us Your wisdom and strength to LIVE OUT these 8 virtues on a daily basis.  Make us sensitive to these virtues in all circumstances and help our actions to reflect You and Your perfect love.  And may we receive Your BLESSING of peace and hope as we do what you ask.   



















 
 

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