The Presence of God in “The Beatitudes”

The Presence of God is with the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
The Presence of God is with those who mourn, for they are comforted.
The Presence of God is with those who are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
The Presence of God is with those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
The Presence of God is with the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
The Presence of God is with those who are pure in heart, and they shall see Him.
The Presence of God is with the peacemakers, and they shall be called His sons.
The Presence of God is with those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
The Presence of God is with you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

I believe at times that we have a hard time teaching, explaining or even understanding what “The Beatitudes” from Matthew 5: 3-12 mean. In the light of “The Sermon on the Mount” from Matthew 5 – 7, I created this paraphrase to help me to understand them; my hope is that it will help others as well. This is in no way intended to change the words of Jesus; it is only a way of explaining them that I believe will be beneficial to others.