Poor in Spirit
Seek the Truth with all your heart.
Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
"Poor in spirit" means to be humble. Humility is required to realize that all your gifts and blessings come through the grace of GOD. To have poverty of spirit means to be completely empty and open to the Word of GOD. When we are an empty cup and devoid of pride, we are humble. Humility brings an open-ness and an inner peace, allowing one to do the will of GOD. Whoever humbles themself is able to accept their frail nature, to repent, and to allow the grace of GOD to lead them to ‘conversion.’
The meaning of the word ‘poor’ in Greek means one who has nothing and is completely empty.
It is pride, the opposite of humility, that brings misery. For pride brings anger and the seeking of revenge, especially when one is offended. If every person was humble and poor in spirit, there would not be war.
Jesus was not saying the economically poor are blessed. There is no spirituality in poverty. Poverty in itself is not blessed, because the poor can be as arrogant and as un-GOD-ly and as lost as the rich. So what does it mean to be poor in spirit? It means that the poor are those who realize that they can never achieve salvation on their own and instead put their complete faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
The poor in spirit are those who are not self-assertive, self-reliant, self-confident, self-centred, or self-sufficient. The poor in spirit are not saturated by self-esteem. They do not boast in their GOD given characteristics such as their birth, their family, their nationality, their education, their physical looks, their race, their wealth, or their culture. None of that matters. The poor in spirit are those who are conscious of their sinful state and know in their hearts that they are completely unworthy of the grace that a most holy and loving GOD pours upon them. They realize that all their self-opinionated righteousness is, to a holy GOD, as Isaiah said, like filthy rags.
‘Poor in Spirit’ or ‘Poverty of Spirit;’ is the recognition of one’s utter dependence on GOD, not in a servile, demeaning sense; it is a recognition of our need for GOD that translates into a fundamental openness, an acknowledgment of our dependence on what only GOD can do for us.