What Exactly Are Blessings, and How Do I Count Mine?

LoverOfGOD By LoverOfGOD, 9th Sep 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/u3e8ecpa/
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Many people refer to themselves as blessed. But, what makes them believe that they are bless? Does something specific has to happen for a person to be blessed? Is being blessed simply the way that you live your life? In my quest to understanding God, I think about the situations surrounding people lives, and wonder who is truly blessed.

A Bless Bless Here, and A Bless Bless There

bless·ed
blest,ˈblesid/
adjective: blessed
1). made holy; consecrated

The first part of "The Sermon On The Mount", (Matthew 5: 3-12) speaks about the blessed. It has quite a few examples of whose blessed, including the poor, the mourners, the meek and the hungry. It sounds like only the downtrodden and unfortunates are blessed and everyone else is left out in the cold.

There are so many billions of poverty stricken people in the world. People die everyday due to malnutrition, lack of health care, lack of wages, and continuous pestilences. But, Jesus said the 'poor of spirit,' not the actual poor, would inherit the kingdom of heaven. Did he mean getting rid of your material wealth, and becoming a beggar is the way to heaven? If the one who becomes poor is the one who will inherit the kingdom of God, then what about the people who were born poor, do they inherit nothing?

"The Sermon On The Mount" says that the mourners are blessed. What does that mean exactly? Everyone mourns at some point in their life. So, then everyone must be blessed, or does it mean that a person has to mourn every day of his or her life to be blessed?

"The Sermon On The Mount" also states that the meek are blessed. Does that mean that to be blessed you have to let people push you around. There are so many people out there who will actually take advantage of a meek person, is being taken advantage of called a blessing.

The poor is also mentioned on "The Sermon On The Mount". If you look at it from another prospective, the hungry and the poor can be combined with one another. If you're poor, its most likely that you'll be hungry, and if your hungry, it's usually because you're poor. So does that means that the poor and the hungry have a double blessing?

So if the poor and the hungry get a double blessing, then why are the still hungry and poor? Does the blessing come after death? Or, is there a blessing that can't be seen from a human standpoint?

I guessed I consider myself blessed. I have a roof over my head, food to eat, and a family who loves me. I am not in the best shape of my life, but I am able to see, hear, speak, walk, talk and think. So when I count my blessings, I think of the people the world over who are sick, diseased and dying. I think of the babies and young people who are orphaned without families. I actually think about the people who are homeless and on the streets. I can give countless examples, but I think the readers get my point.

Still, is it actually called a blessing because I have access to health care and another person doesn't? They did nothing wrong to be denied that blessing, just as I did nothing right to have a privilege to that blessing. So I wonder, how do blessing really work, is it an unseen thing that I will never comprehend?

It's nice to hear people say that they are blessed, and believe that they are blessed, but are they really? In my quest to understanding God, my question is: Who is truly blessed?

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
13th Sep 2013 (#)

I cannot answer from a Christian point of view but I believe when we are grateful for what we have and help others we feel blessed or feel a lightness of being. Thankfully, wealth does not count at all as I have seen for many wealthy their wealth becomes a liability to them as their own are waiting to get at them! I feel at the moment of departing we should feel that our life has been worth it as we have done our best. We have to move to that point so that we leave looking ahead than behind us as we leave this shore! siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
13th Sep 2013 (#)

Dear friend ... As one who is blessed in so many ways let me try to explain my understanding of the words you have mentioned ..
firstly I believe the word Blessed means to be Happy , to be at Peace ...to know you are loved ...no matter what your situation or circumstances ...in fact it is not dependent on outward trappings , but an inward assurance of God's love and acceptance ...When we know that we have a deep conviction of that being the case ...then we feel Blessed ...and can share the blessings with others ..and the word Meekness is described and ' Controlled Strength '..the same strength Jesus displayed when He went to the cross. He was not acting out of weakness , but willing surrender ..That is powerful .
Many blessings to you .
Stella >I<

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author avatar Susanto Sen
14th Sep 2013 (#)

Although Sivaramakrishnan and Stella believe that being blessed means being light or happy, I would respectfully defer from them by supporting what the bible says about being blessed. What I comprehend from the poor, the mourners, the meek and the hungry being blessed is that that they are the only ones who can think of God. Since god is eternal but wealth, physical being, ego and food are temporary entities, the ones who think of the eternal naturally become blessed than those who think about the temporal. Here, eternal means permanence or truth and temporal means impermanence or falsity.

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