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The Beatitudes: A Personal View

Updated on December 11, 2011

This hub is my first attempt to answer a request in this community and I appreciate the opportunity to revisit a topic I often used in my developmental plays.

I believe there is much wisdom hidden behind the seemingly rigid nature of the beatitudes. And the lessons are abundant. I will approach the discussion in a more personal level as I am not an expert in Theology.

I have also included key guides on self improvement which I developed after a comment made by fellow hubber Home 'n Biz Blend. She came up with the term BE-Attitudes which inspired me to create a guide applying the concept that Neale Donald Walsch discussed in his books the Conversation of God series. He stated  that "the more of that your are BEING, the more what you are DOING will fall perfectly into place to allow you to "be" even more of that! "

May the Beatitudes serve our guide to BE that which we are. 

• Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Many of us reach a point in our lives when we can say we are "poor in spirit" for these are moments filled with hopelessness. In moments such as these, "miracles" take place. Some find enlightenment after venting out all the anger inside, some discover it to be their turning point by deciding to act on certain struggles while others experience the uncovering of a Loving God. It is at our lowest point, I believe, that we are more open to receive love.

Receiving love could be quite difficult when protective walls surround us. When these walls crumble there is more room for love to come in. When love is allowed to enter, is acknowledged and is accepted then reconciliation or reunion with God occurs.

BE TRUTH.

• Blessed are the meek: for they shall posses the land.

I believe the "meek" here stands to describe people who have chosen to be still amidst the chaos. They have chosen to do so because their life concepts have gone beyond the standards set by the world.

Allow me to quote a paragraph from my latest hub redefining the proverb it is better to give than to receive. "According to Mother Theresa the greatest poverty of all is the poverty of feeling unloved. I agree. When we give to people that which they require for the moment we are actually giving them more than what meets the eye. We give them a chance to feel hope, a chance to see their value, see their worth, make them feel loved. This, I believe, is the greater part of why it is better to give.

Mother Theresa remained humble and meek amidst criticisms and popularity. Changing one's belief system of success could reveal new pathways to what we can consider as paradise.

BE COMPASSION.

• Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted

I believe this is a revelation of God's loving nature. It indicates how He tenderly cares for those who grieve, those in pain, those who need comfort of any kind. It is an assurance that He will always be there for us. He is committed to us. He is faithful and loyal to us simply because He loves us. Therefore, be still and know.

BE FAITH.

Dance to Beatitudes

• Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill

We all go through a moment in life where we seek justice for the offenses done against us and again we are assured God will take care of this particular need. How He can fill this need may come in varied forms.

I was seeking justice for the sexual abuses done to me as a child, a teenager and as a professional during a very emotional prayer time. God used that moment to reveal to me the true meaning of unconditional love. No, it was not about forgiving the offenders, rather it was assuring me that it wasn't my fault, that it was okay for me to feel the anger, that it was fine by Him if I hated Him, or that I blamed Him. He allowed me to be. He simply embraced me with pure love and the moment I accepted His embrace something happened.

Unlike anything I've ever experienced before I felt a jolt of light illuminating above my head penetrating to the core of my being carrying with it all the understanding of unconditional love.

I cried with joy the whole night through in recognition of this perfect love. And this all happened on the eve of Christmas day. Justice like no other has been more than satisfied.

BE TRUST.

  • Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy

This I believe is in reference to the universal law of causality. What you put forth is that which you will receive. And again things may come back in various forms or as we often say "in God's ways and not ours." We may have to be more sensitive to the events that occur in our daily lives else we miss recognizing the blessings of mercy being poured upon us everyday.

BE MERCY.

  • Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.

The "clean of heart" for me does not necessarily mean being sinless but more so on the sincerity of intent. I believe one can be truly sincere if one sees things through the eyes of God for He sees beyond our faults and adores the beauty stemming from within our souls. This leads us to live with a grateful heart

BE GRATITUDE.

  • Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

We are all children of God. I believe the phrase "they shall be called" is a way of telling people that if we do choose to respond in peace in the face of conflict then we will be recognized as one who possess the qualities inherent of God.

BE PEACE.

• Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Persecution comes in many forms these days. Indifference is one of the more subtle ones and could be the most deadly if we consider Mother Theresa's view of poverty.

However being persecuted for doing a good deed could be the best setting for one to experience God's love expressed through unpredictable events. A long standing cold war with parents could just end as they come to support you in your hour of need or a news update that positively affect your current state, could suddenly occur. The possibilities are endless. And that could well be a heavenly experience.

I enjoyed reflecting on the beatitudes again. I hope my personal interpretations of them will serve as another way of viewing the wisdom behind the words. Godbless:)

BE LOVE.

Daisy Ba-ad


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      kennedy 

      4 years ago

      thanks brother,,,,as i am studying it, it helps mi to have a better understanding of the beatitudes and helps me in developing my spiritual life,,,,thank u God bless u 4 such great work.......

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Daisy,

      Your interpretation of the Beatitudes is beautiful and inspiring. Mother Theresa is a perfect example of a person who embraced them wholeheartedly and used her life to serve others making their lives enriched and better. I really enjoyed reading this! Up votes including beautiful and will share.

    • dayzeebee profile imageAUTHOR

      dayzeebee 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hello Stessily, truly appreciate your thoughts about this hub. I am honored. Blessings always:)

    • dayzeebee profile imageAUTHOR

      dayzeebee 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Denise, oh I'm glad you feel that way. Thank you for your kind comments. Happy holidays:)

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      stessily 

      6 years ago

      The journey which begins with truth inevitably ends in peace and love. Knowing the truth sets us free, and freedom finds expression in compassion, gratitude, faith, etc.

      Very interesting, heart-felt thoughts.

      Thank you for sharing these wise states of being.

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      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      What a beautiful hub. It may have been written a few years ago, but the message stands as fresh today as ever. Just in time for the holiday season!

    • dayzeebee profile imageAUTHOR

      dayzeebee 

      7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Teacherjoe52, it's beautiful to find well wishes from a wonderful spirit. May you continue to fill the world with God's light too. Blessings:)

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      teacherjoe52 

      7 years ago

      Good girl. You got it down pat,that is how I try to live my life, by Gods grace

      May the sunshine of Jesus' sweet love bless you

    • dayzeebee profile imageAUTHOR

      dayzeebee 

      7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi howcurecancer, thanks for tweeting. Blessings:)

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      Elena@LessIsHealthy 

      7 years ago

      tweet it.

    • dayzeebee profile imageAUTHOR

      dayzeebee 

      7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Sunchild28, thank you for sharing your experience on the beatitudes. It is a blessing to know how many people's lives have been touched by its message. Blessings:)

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      sunchild28 

      7 years ago from Nigeria

      The beatitudes have being of grate help to me in all aspect of my life. It is like a ladder and a stepping to my spiritual and financial growth.

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      DavePrice 

      7 years ago from Sugar Grove, Ill

      Its a pleasure reading your hubs, and this is one of your best in my opinion. Thank you for a thoughtful treatise on the subject.

    • dayzeebee profile imageAUTHOR

      dayzeebee 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hello Snwrit, I am honored to meet such a lovely soul. Thank you for your beautiful words. God is smiling upon. I just know He spoke to you clearly through this hub. Blessings:)

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      snwrit 

      8 years ago

      Dear dayzeebee~ Outstanding interpretation of the Beatitudes. I really like your ideas; the Beatitudes can be expressed in such an infinite number of ways and I love your's.

      s

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      dayzeebee 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Duchess, the pleasure is mine. Thank you for thinking of passing this on. It is a blessing to find new friends in this community. I hope to get to know you better through your hubs. Blessings:)

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      8 years ago

      Dayzeebee, it's a pleasure to meet you. I enjoyed what you shared with us here and will be passing this one on!

      You have a gift, thank you for sharing it.

    • dayzeebee profile imageAUTHOR

      dayzeebee 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hello there...Hmmm the 74 in red is the score for this hub at this time and not part of the title. It changes time and again. I'm glad you like the Beatitudes though. Come to think of it we could all come up with 74 other ways of interpreting the beatitudes based on our personal experience. Hmm that seems to be a good idea afterall:) Thanks for the visit and the comments. Be blessed:)

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      ....... 

      9 years ago

      it says 74 personal beautides and there is like 8 but i like the beautitdes but i wanted to see the 74

    • dayzeebee profile imageAUTHOR

      dayzeebee 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hello The Real Tomato, your words warm me. I'm glad you resonate with this hub. Be blessed always:)

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      The Real Tomato 

      9 years ago

      The honesty of your words and insight drawn from the Beatitudes is like a healing balm. I'll be reading this one again.

    • dayzeebee profile imageAUTHOR

      dayzeebee 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Envoy, glad you resonate with that phrase. I love it too. Thank you for dropping by. Be seeing you around. God bless:)

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      Pcjunkychick 

      9 years ago from USA

      "poor in spirit" for these are moments filled with hopelessness. In moments such as these, "miracles" take place.....I so love that! :)

    • dayzeebee profile imageAUTHOR

      dayzeebee 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hello EmbracingTheTruth, what a great name to use. I'm sure it about sums up where you are in your journey. I'm glad you liked my take on the Beatitudes. Hope to see more of you around. Godbless:)

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      Helena 

      9 years ago

      Thank-you for writing this hub. The beatitudes were one of my favorite parts of the Bible growing up, because they offered hope in time of despair.

    • dayzeebee profile imageAUTHOR

      dayzeebee 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hello Torymac04. I find delight in knowing there are people like you who welcome new ways of viewing things. May you continue to touch more lives as you coach others to develop into beautiful beings. See you around:)

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      Tony McGregor 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the Beatitudes which I think are so often misused and misunderstood! A different perspective indeed and most welcome for that.

    • dayzeebee profile imageAUTHOR

      dayzeebee 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thank you RGraf. Your comments mean a lot. I'm glad you found gems in this hub. Godbless;)

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      Rebecca Graf 

      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      Great hub! I actually had to read it a couple of times and found gems each time.

    • dayzeebee profile imageAUTHOR

      dayzeebee 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      hello Merilyn, oh i like that BE-attitudes. i think i will use this term in my talks and mention you too. thank you for sharing your thoughts. i do learn more everyday with how people receive my hubs. God bless you and your work and your family:)

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      Home 'n Biz Blend 

      10 years ago from Yarrawonga Park

      Be - attitudes. Attitudes I need so I can really 'Be".

      Not just learning, forever learning but Being. Today. Gentle, mild, wise and skillful.

      My attitudes transformed by God. HIS Be - Attitudes. Thank you Dayzeebee for reminding me today.

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      dayzeebee 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      hello sweetiepie. mind you i've been waiting for your "verdict" and boy am i glad you liked it. it was the first time i explored on clicking the request button and when i saw the words beatitudes i felt a strong prodding to work on it. i believe you have been used as an instrument to push me to write more of God's love. thank you so much. Godbless

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      SweetiePie 

      10 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you for answering my request and I love how you use the beautitudes on a personal level. What a great hub!

    • dayzeebee profile imageAUTHOR

      dayzeebee 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      thank you your comments Mr Marmalade. means a lot. Godbless:)

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      MrMarmalade 

      10 years ago from Sydney

      This is a great hub for me and means a lot.

      Thank you for sharing

    • dayzeebee profile imageAUTHOR

      dayzeebee 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      hello christina. glad to find a fellow educator appreciating my work. helps my daily affirmation workout:) will be reading one of your hubs today. see you around.

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      10 years ago from Manila

      Great hub, great insight, great words of wisdom. Thank you for sharing this to us.

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      dayzeebee 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      christnekv I viewed your profile and wow you are living in God's loving abundance. I adore the way God brings people together to share in His wisdom and love. thank you for sharing your thoughts and the thumbs up. Godbless:)

    • dayzeebee profile imageAUTHOR

      dayzeebee 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hello dottie! i totally agree. seeing oneself through God's eyes can be a "low esteem buster"! hey, you may have something there. i could include this in the list of tools for empowerment. haha thank you for your valuable contribution. Godbless:)

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      christinekv 

      10 years ago

      Very well composed, heartfelt (loved that you went that way in contrast to theologically) and several profound things stated for one to reflect on....thanks for sharing about your personal experiences and encounter with God...glad He touched/reassured/spoke to you the way He did! He is so good, so very awesome!

      Thumbs up!

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      Dottie1 

      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Great hub again. Thank you dayzeebee for sharing your personal experience of accepting God's embrace. That was simply beautiful. I also think it is important to see through the eyes of God for if we could see ourselves this way there would be no more need for low self esteem.

    • dayzeebee profile imageAUTHOR

      dayzeebee 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      G-Ma so sweet of you to read this hub too. another hug. i can get used to this LOL

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Oh my another great one my dear..and all so very true and inspiring as Ripple has said.  the two of you do have a wonderful way with words...Thank You both..God Love You...G-Ma :o) hugs

    • dayzeebee profile imageAUTHOR

      dayzeebee 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      hello ceounlimited. your insights come from a deep place. thank you for expressing yourself. i learn more meeting people like you.

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      ceounlimited 

      10 years ago from California

      Hi, I too enjoyed your pratical application of the beattitudes. If we can't find a way to apply theology to our personal lives in the year that we live, the way that we live... then we are a lost geneneraton without integrity.

    • dayzeebee profile imageAUTHOR

      dayzeebee 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      bro jezz your tenderness is showing. yehey. hey, i think i'm sounding like ripplemaker LOL. God bless you more.

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      dayzeebee 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Cellebrate! ah another kababayan. I'm glad you found your way to this hub. it's good to bond. God has this endearing way of just bringing people together. will visit your hub now.

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      dayzeebee 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Ripplemaker i like the way you put that...finding love amidst the imperfection of life. it's an affirmation of our desire to send ripples of love anyhow and everyhow.

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      Jess Ba-ad 

      10 years ago from Philippines

      Seeing the wisdom hidden underneath spoken words can only come from a person who constantly looks inside her heart. Thanks for sharing.

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      Cellebrate! 

      10 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thanks for sharing. This is a different perspective for me. God bless you.

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Daisy, I love your view of the beatitudes! A heart that is open, willing and seeking for all that is pure and all that is of love finds it amidst the imperfection of life. You have found it...thank you for sharing your reflections. I am inspired continually... :)

      --michelle

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