The Beatitudes all have something in common: they comment on qualities which the world considers to be signs of weakness. Whether in the competitive workplace, on the school playground, or on TV talk shows, these qualities are not valued. The Lord takes these qualities which from a worldly perspective appear to be signs of weakness and shows how they are actually signs of strength.
The final one is particularly dramatic: “Blessed are ye when men shall revile you.” How can that be, and how can He promise that we will have great joy? Because it puts us in the company of the great prophets, many of whom suffered great persecution for their testimonies. And as Joseph Smith taught, it also puts us in the company of the Savior himself, who suffered more than we can comprehend for this work (D&C 122:5-8). If we adopt the attitude that we want to endure persecution and suffering well in order to be worthy of the companionship of such great people, then we will, like Peter and John, be able to rejoice when we are “counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.” (Acts 5:41)
Today, when I experience weakness, I will look at the situation through the eyes of the Savior. I will recognize that meekness, mourning, peacemaking, purity, and even enduring persecution are signs of inner spiritual strength and will bring me blessings.
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- What Is the Gift of Tongues?
- Why Is It Important for People to Hear the Gospel in Their Own Language?
- How Did Joseph Smith Translate the Book of Mormon?
- What Is the Relationship Between Faith and Patience?
- What Are Some Examples of Faith in the Book of Mormon?
- What is the Relationship Between Faith and Humility?
- How Can We Overcome Our Doubts?
- Is It Possible to Know Something but Not to Know That You Know It?
- What Is the Relationship Between Faith and Knowledge?
- Nephi’s Psalm - 2 Nephi 4:15-35
- Things Which are Not Seen, Which Are True - Alma 32:21
- Moroni 4:3, 5:2 The Sacrament Prayers
- That I May Shake at the Appearance of Sin - 2 Nephi 4:31
- Immediately - Alma 34:31
- For the Welfare of Those Who Are Around You - Alma 34:27-28
- That Same Spirit - Alma 34:33-35
- Without Being Compelled to Be Humble - Alma 32:15-16
- 1 Nephi 11:16-17 I Know That He Loveth His Children