Fourth, this list concerns the person’s relational disposition. It is easy to think of the blessed as those who are in proper relation to God alone. But what stands out in the Beatitudes is one’s relation to God as well as to self and others. When Matthew adds in spirit to poor, we find what we also find in the third blessing (meek): an inner disposition that relates to God and others because of a proper estimation of oneself. Furthermore, some blessings are for those who relate to others in a loving disposition: mourn and merciful and peacemakers. Others are concerned more directly with one’s relation to God: hunger and thirst for righteousness and pure in heart and probably those who are persecuted. But the blessed people are noted by godly, loving relations with God, self, and others.
― Scot McKnight,
Sermon on the Mount
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