“On the eighth day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me . . . eight maids a-milking . . . ”

In Matthew chapter 5, Jesus begins His teaching (historically called the Sermon on the Mount) by teaching us the “attitudes” that His followers will have–the Beatitudes:

3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

5“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

7“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

10“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (ESV)

Each of these is a blessing. For those who need the list of eight, here you go:

  1. Blessed are the poor in spirit
  2. Blessed are those who mourn
  3. Blessed are the meek
  4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness
  5. Blessed are the merciful
  6. Blessed are the pure in heart
  7. Blessed are the peacemakers, and
  8. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.

I have gone into detail about the reason each of these is a blessing and fullness of that blessing elsewhere. To be succinct, you will know that God is at work in when these “eight maids” become evidence of who you are.

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