In the Beatitudes
, Jesus turns on its head what we might normally consider are things that gain happiness ("beatus" is the Latin word behind "Beatitude", meaning blissful
). We would not usually consider grief, insult or persecution to be "happy" things. Are those who are mourning blessed? Christ's answer is YES - they will be comforted. Are the persecuted blessed? YES - for this takes them deeper into God's kingdom. Normally one would think that by earning more money, having a bigger house, having more "things" around us, will lead to happiness - even that this is God's blessing.
Jesus re-writes this mindset.
Actually by having "less" gives more room for God and more space for dependency on Him, (this is also the testimony of John the Baptist - "He must increase, but I must decrease." John 3:30 NASB)
The Message version of the bible conveys the Beatitudes in a beautiful, creative and challenging way, and you can find an excerpt of this scripture lower down on this page
Also here is the Judeo-Christian blessing "May the Lord Bless You and Keep You
", an Anglican prayer for the Church, and the Scottish blessing
"May the blessing of light be on you", as well as a number of useful bible verses
related to the blessings of God.