Matthew 5:3 – The Poor in Spirit

Matthew 5:3
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“The poor in spirit”; at first glance this verse can be a little confusing.  How do you make your spirit poor?  Why would a God who is rich in everything want your spirit to be poor?  Let’s look a little deeper and see what we can find.  The word “poor” is the Greek word “ptóchos” and means “one who crouches and cowers”.  It’s easy to see how this word would be translated as poor if we consider poor beggars cowering in the street.  But what does this have to do with our spirit?  God is looking for those who are willing to humble and cower themselves instead of lifting themselves up; those who see no value in themselves, but instead see all the value in Christ.  “For God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5).


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