Spiritually mature

“Blessed [spiritually prosperous, happy, to be admired] are the poor in spirit [those devoid of spiritual arrogance, those who regard themselves as insignificant], for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].

 “Blessed [forgiven, refreshed by God’s grace] are those who mourn[over their sins and repent], for they will be comforted [when the burden of sin is lifted].

 “Blessed [inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect] are the [b]gentle [the kind-hearted, the sweet-spirited, the self-controlled],for they will inherit the earth.

 “Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [those who actively seek right standing with God], for they will be [completely] satisfied.

 “Blessed [content, sheltered by God’s promises] are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

 “Blessed [anticipating God’s presence, spiritually mature] are the pure in heart [those with integrity, moral courage, and godly character], for they will see God.

 “Blessed [spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s favor] are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His character and] be called the sons of God.

 “Blessed [comforted by inner peace and God’s love] are those who are persecuted for [c]doing that which is morally right, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].

 “Blessed [morally courageous and spiritually alive with life-joy in God’s goodness] are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil things against you because of [your association with] Me.  Be glad and exceedingly joyful, for your reward in heaven is great [absolutely inexhaustible]; for in this same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

A gentle and quiet spirit is something God Himself treasures!

But let it be [the inner beauty of] the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, [one that is calm and self-controlled, not overanxious, but serene and spiritually mature] which is very precious in the sight of God. – 1 Peter 3:4

Meekness must come from Christ, think about Him being all-powerful and strong yet He describes Himself as gentle and humble in heart. A meek person is one who will consider others as better than themselves, one who has no ounce or pride in them. A meek person is one who is fully reliant on God and they put no emphasis on their own strength. Like Jesus they would say they only do what they see the father do and not my will but thy will be done Lord!  First you recognize that you are poor and bankrupt in the spirit, then you mourn over your sin and then you humble yourself.

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a notable characteristic of Jesus … means to approach others (including one’s enemies) in a humble and caring spirit, not using force to get one’s way. – William Mounce

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