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Beatitude - What does it mean to be poor in spirit?

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

The kingdom of heaven is promised as blessing to the poor in spirit. What does it means to be poor in spirit?

In my opinion, to be poor in spirit means to realize that you are in need of God. to know that you are nothing without God, that you can't do without God. Those that are always thirsty and hungry for God are considered to be poor in spirit.

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To be poor in spirit means to:

1) realise that you need God more than anything

2) be inadequate or to be insufficient in yourself

3) realise your helplessness. When you know that you cannot do anything by yourself

4) have no confidence in yourself and your ability. You totally depend on the help of God

To be poor in spirit is to recognize that without God we are nothing, it is genuine humility.

Proverbs 16: 18-19, where he says: “Before the brokenness is pride, and before the fall the pride of spirit. It is better to humble the spirit with the humble than to distribute spoils with the proud. This points to an attitude of humility that Christians should have.

I understand there is much discussion around the meaning of this Beatitude. I apply a simple interpretation however - poor in spirit are the sad and depressed, broken by the corrupted world they live in.


Great question. To my understanding, the poor in Spirit are those who are hungry for God. They see themselves as nothing without God. Their lives are simply helpless without God. This is why Jesus says, theirs is the Kingdom of God. It's only those filled with the life of Christ can be a part of God's kingdom.


To be poor in spirit means to be vulnerable to God. Such people have a soft sport for God and God can do whatever He wills in them and fir them.

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