Jesus said, “𝐁𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 𝐁𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 𝐁𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 𝐁𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 𝐁𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 𝐁𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 𝐁𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 𝐁𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.’” —Matthew 5:3–10
𝐁𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝. Have you ever thought that your trials could be a blessing? James writes in James 1:12, “𝐁𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” I have had many trials, and I know that I am blessed. Knowing what I know now, and seeing how God has worked through my life, I wouldn’t change the road I’ve walked. I wouldn’t want to go back and bypass all the pain and heartache I have endured. It has made me who I am today. I am 𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐝 and count it all joy. What 𝐛𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬, including those that might at first glance seem opposing or negative, are you experiencing right now? What lessons are you learning about yourself?