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What Is Poor In Spirit

What does Jesus mean by "poor in spirit" in Matthew 5:3? Does He mean we are blessed by being depressed, or not having much of the Holy Spirit, or does He mean being humble, or something else?

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This was one of those scriptures that made me mull a bit, too. "Blessed are the poor in Spirit..." Just what is the Spirit referred to in the passage? To be "poor" in anything, one must be lacking. So is it a blessing to lack Spirit? It is from one perspective: if one lacks Spiritual direction, there is a greater chance of accepting the benefits God bestows. But if one relies on their own physical and mental abilities, they are less likely to look to God for help. So the "poor in Spirit" are the most likely candidates for Heaven, because they would be more inclined to seek help from God.
---Elaine on 5/7/10


Humble is a good word. And the more humble that you are here the more blessed you will be in heaven. What is true humility? The answer is>>>Total dependence upon God. It blows my mind how the wicked can stand up somewhere and talk about how humble they are and give everyone glory and praise except the living God, He is left out. Smart people, and don't even know the meaning of a little word such as humble. Don't come to close to me I may throw-up>>>all over your unholy shoes.
---catherine on 5/6/10


The "poor in spirit" admit they are helpless to do anything to help themselves and recognize that they must call upon God for help,they know he is the only one who can help their spiritual poverty.
---Darlene_1 on 3/22/10

I think this is the best explanation I have ever heard for "poor in spirit".
---Mark_Eaton on 4/5/10

I was going to say, totally broken, but Darlene's adds to the whole verse. The poor in spirit are blessed or happy because they have reached the point where they realize they have to turn to the Only Way.
---aka_joseph on 5/6/10


The opposite of being "poor in spirit" is to be
proud, and that in turn incites us to think of ourselves as better than others.It is pride that makes us bristle when we are criticized.
It is pride that makes it so difficult to day:"I am sorry." It is pride that insists that we come out on top of every disagrement. It is pride that makes us
pull down others so that we may feel better
in our position. It is pride that discourages us when we fail to achieve as well as we would have loved to.
Therefore if it is true "that happy are the poor in spirit" it is also true "that unhappy are the proud."
All the things we do to support our pride, turn on us and suck away the happines we seek.
---Pierre on 5/6/10


Psalms 131:
1: LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.
2: Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.
3: Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and for ever.

2 Samuel 22:
26: With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.
27: With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure, and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.
28: And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.
---Nana on 4/6/10




The "poor in spirit" admit they are helpless to do anything to help themselves and recognize that they must call upon God for help,they know he is the only one who can help their spiritual poverty.
---Darlene_1 on 3/22/10

I think this is the best explanation I have ever heard for "poor in spirit".
---Mark_Eaton on 4/5/10


THE POOR IN SPIRIT: are the opposite of the proud or haughty in spirit. These are those who have been humbled by the grace of God and have acknowledged their sin and therefore their dependence upon God to save them. [To save them] until you actually enter into the kingdom of God you are to remain dependent upon this living God, Savior, to get you to heaven. Also in knowing that you really, really, deserved hell but, by the grace of God will make it to heaven....These are the ones who will be truly saved, my friends.+
---catherine on 4/2/10


One meaning of being "poor in the spirit" is to know and understand that you yourself and all that is attached to you on this earth (money in your accounts, properties, children, spouse, relationships etc) all belong 100% unto GOD and yours is 0%. But God had put all these things in your care as HIS steward and you have to be accountable to God now [and at the end of age] about how you are utilizing[utilized] all(money in your accounts, properties, children, spouse, relationships etc).
---Adetunji on 3/25/10


"Poor in spirit" are those who recognize thier need for the Holy Spirit.
Francis

Thank you Francis. Its the humble and meek who will be blessed but also poor in stature as in Luke where it simply says "blessed are the poor".
There are other references to Jesus preaching to the poor who in reference to the rich are happy. The state of poverty places a person in a condition where they are more likely to be humble and receive the glorious message of our savior.
---larry on 3/23/10


Jesus says if a man looks the wrong way at a woman, he already is being adulterous in heart.

So, I can see that someone "poor in spirit" could be a person who in his heart has no desire to be rich in things of this life. And so, in his attitude, he is poor. But ones in material poverty can be "rich", simply by *desiring* to be, and then be so miserable, without ever becoming rich. Because not those who *are* rich, but

. . . "those who desire to be rich

fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hamful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition." (in 1 Timothy 6:9)

And being "poor in spirit" could include not desiring *control* of if I am rich or poor.
---Bill_bila5659 on 3/23/10




Soldiers have a fighting spirit (and are enthusiastic about getting their job done), sports players have a team spirit (and are enthusiastic also).

Whatever a person's ambition, so shall they have a certain goal/enthusiasm (ambitious "spirit" about "this world"). But people who remain unimpressed about "this world" are "poor in/of SPIRIT".

The word "spirit" is not always about God. OUR spirit/countenance is supposed to be able to identify with "I am who I am" and be compatible.

It really is more difficult for the rich man to enter 'peace of mind' (the inner heaven) than for an unwealthy person (because he will be so enthusiastic about this world, a VIGOROUS spirit).
---more_excellent_way on 3/23/10


I would say he means humble. One who has surrendered all and realizes we are nothing without Jesus. We are empty particularly of pride.

shary8757
---shary on 3/23/10


could be several things,on several occassions he talks about men of little faith,also he may mean those who let life keep them from God.
---tom2 on 3/23/10


It is better to know love AS A SENTIMENT than just one of many human 'emotions' (God's love for us is a PARENTAL love/sentiment).

Let "sentiment" be your reference point for a conscience, genuine "sorrow" (instead of the EFFORT of "compassion" and a "holy PERSONALITY") and Godly regard towards others (the brethren of humanity).

OUR spirit/conscience/countenance will be sad/depressed when we notice the corruption of 'this world'. We will notice this "corruption" only if we have a personal inner heaven (a "heavenly"/Godly NATURE instead of a "heavenly" PERSONALITY).

You will understand wisdom and the "depths". Few things are as they seem.
---more_excellent_way on 3/22/10


God doesn't want us to be the same. Some of His beloved are poor in spirit and some not (either hot or cold, but not lukewarm/indifferent).

Backsliders are 'brokenhearted poor in spirit' because they cannot find a deep relationship in the regular/traditional teachings (they need the "depths of God", 1 Corin. 2:10). In effect, they are HOMESICK for The Lord.

Solomon felt uncomfortable about all of the corruption of this world (Ecclesiastes 2:17), probably only a few Godly people in scripture felt the same (yet we are all "beloved").

James 12:25
"he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life"......DON'T BE A FRIEND/lover of "this world"/mammon.

from RSV.
---more_excellent_way on 3/22/10


"Poor in spirit" are those who recognize thier need for the Holy Spirit.

People like Elijah, David and so one, who knew that they needed the Holy Spirit and needed Him in large quantities.

they depended on the Holy Spirit for all thier needs.
---francis on 3/22/10


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Poor in spirit,the Greek word ptochos was used to indicate this condition. Poor means to"crouch as one helpless" ,a beggar,pauper,abject poverty,distitute,totaly dependent on others for help. The "poor in spirit" admit they are helpless to do anything to help themselves and recognize that they must call upon God for help,they know he is the only one who can help their spiritual poverty.
---Darlene_1 on 3/22/10


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