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The Beatitudes: a guide to Christian practice

From the June 29, 2015 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

I learned the Beatitudes, as given in the Sermon on the Mount in the Bible (see Matthew 5:3–12 ), by heart when I was a child in Sunday School, but it wasn’t until years later that I came to a profound realization about them: that the Beatitudes, when applied to our lives, transform our thinking so that we demonstrate “the mind of Christ” ( I Corinthians 2:16 ). Each beatitude involves growth in grace and indicates, not a future reward, but an already present, God-supplied blessing.