Everyone faces difficulties throughout their lives. We will not always be happy because of our circumstances but we can always have the peace and joy that God gives by trusting in Him.

In Matthew chapter 5 Jesus tells us the blessings for those who are poor in spirit, who mourn, who are meek, who hunger and thirst, and who are merciful.

Discussion

  1. What does it mean to be “poor in spirit”?
  2. How can a person who is mourning be comforted?
  3. What do people normally hunger and thirst for?
  4. How can we show mercy to other people?

Word List
blessings – something beneficial that one feels grateful for
difficulties – having problems or trouble in life
circumstances – events or conditions that impact your sense of well-being
joy – a feeling of great pleasure or happiness
mourn – sadness about the loss of someone or something
meek – humble (can also imply willingness to learn from another)
merciful – forgiving, compassionate, sympathetic

Bible Reading

 Matthew 5:1-7

5:1 And seeing great masses of people he went up into the mountain; and when he was seated his disciples came to him.
5:2 And with these words he gave them teaching, saying,
5:3 Happy are the poor in spirit: for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
5:4 Happy are those who are sad: for they will be comforted.
5:5 Happy are the gentle: for the earth will be their heritage.
5:6 Happy are those whose heart’s desire is for righteousness: for they will have their desire.
5:7 Happy are those who have mercy: for they will be given mercy.

马 太 福 音 Matthew 5:1-7

5:1    耶 稣 看 见 这 许 多 的 人 , 就 上 了 山 , 既 已 坐 下 , 门 徒 到 他 跟 前 来 。
5:2    他 就 开 口 教 训 他 们 说 ,
5:3    虚 心 的 人 有 福 了 , 因 为 天 国 是 他 们 的 。
5:4    哀 恸 的 人 有 福 了 , 因 为 他 们 必 得 安 慰 。
5:5    温 柔 的 人 有 福 了 , 因 为 他 们 必 承 受 地 土 。
5:6    饥 渴 慕 义 的 人 有 福 了 , 因 为 他 们 必 得 饱 足 。
5:7    怜 恤 人 的 人 有 福 了 , 因 为 他 们 必 蒙 怜 恤 。