This is what God gave me today in His word:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. (Matthew 5:3-6)
The poor in Spirit, the mourners, the meek, the hungry and thirsty for righteousness. These are the people, in this section at least, that we are told will be blessed. But, why, and how? This may sound heart-less, but why would God even care about such people?
Perhaps a better question would be, why does God even care about us (because, we are “those people”)? Really think about it a second. Does God love us because we’re so incredible He can’t help Himself? Does He love us because we can help Him in some way in which He couldn’t use other people or things? Anyone who has an actual understanding of how bad we were before Christ saved us, should know the answer to those questions is no. God loves us because His son died for us, and no other reason. However much it may hurt our pride to admit it.
The poor in the Spirit, those who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, and all the rest, are loved because of grace – we are loved because of grace. We are to love Jesus, because He first loved us. We are to love Him because His Spirit goes before our “poor” one, so that we can receive “the kingdom of Heaven”. We should love Him because those who mourn will be comforted by Jesus Himself, and because those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will be filled by Christ, who is bread of the life.
The point being this: Jesus took our sin onto Himself, (and in fact, the Bible tells us [2 Corinthians 5:21] that He became our sin), and then died for us. That is why God loves us; because we are now sinless in His sight. So, because of that, our “poor Spirit” should be praising God!
You are Loved!