Beatitudes - Poor in Spirit
As children of God by faith in His Son, we share the same family characteristics. Yes, we vary greatly in just about every conceivable way, including spiritual gifts, passions, abilities, personalities, experiences, and interests. Yet, according to the Bible, we all belong to the same family and therefore have the same family likenesses. The Characteristics of God’s Family are listed in the Beatitudes of Matthew 5:3-10.
In the first words of this great sermon about Kingdom Living, Jesus began with the most important characteristic of the Kingdom of Heaven: “Poverty in Spirit.” Poverty of spirit is neither a financial, material position nor a depressed, emotional condition.To be poor is to be weak and helpless, to lack the resources to provide for, defend, and save oneself. Those who are poor in spirit on earth are rich in heaven because of Christ. “Blessed are the poor in spirit.”