Matthew 5:7-12 Merciful

The beatitudes provide us with a portrait of a Christian and encapsulate what it means to call ourselves a disciple. These “blessed” statements by Christ reveal to us where our true, eternal happiness is found. It’s found in our understanding of who we are and who God is. Jesus is the better Moses. Jesus is the better David. When our understanding of who we are in relation to God is in its rightful place, as the first four beatitudes show us, then and only then can we properly relate to those around us. In the next half of the beatitudes, Jesus then shows us how we are to relate to others, which is solely rooted upon the first four beatitudes how we relate to God.