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Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3 “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
Ephesians 6:1-3, NKJV
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Devotion For Children

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8 Beatitude Devotionals from the Bible


These devotions for children are written in story format using characters from the Bible. After the story is finished, a short explanation of the beatitude follows. Take the time to read all eight of these Beatitude devotions.

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Matthew 19:14, NKJV

What does it mean to be poor in spirit? Peter is one of my favorite disciples to read about. He was a man of many moods. It's hard to believe that in just a short time, God would change him so much, that though he was so easily excitable, God make a great change in his life.

“ Blessed are the poor in spirit, 
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
       (Matthew 5:3, New King James Version


Peter could hardly sit down in the boat, because he was SO excited. Peter, John, Matthew and the other disciples had just seen something they would never forget. It’s all they could talk about. It had been a very hot day and Jesus had sailed away to a deserted place so He could be alone for awhile.

The people were looking for Jesus. Everyone asked the people around them if they knew where He was, but He just seemed to disappear, and they couldn't find Him anywhere. By now, there was a whole crowd of people, in fact there were so many people that there were more in the crowd than we have in some of our towns and small cities.


All of a sudden someone was shouting. What were they saying? Someone had found Him? Soon, the crowd was joined by many more people from some of the cities close. They HAD to find Him; they had to hear more of the wonderful things He was telling them about God and about Heaven.

It was a long walk, and by the time they got there they were very tired – but it didn’t matter. They would see Jesus. Maybe He would even heal someone right before their very own eyes.

Jesus saw them coming from far away, and He felt compassion toward them. He knew how much they needed him. Some wanted to be healed of the sicknesses and diseases they had and others just wanted to hear Him talk. So, Jesus stood in front of them and began to teach.

Jesus told them to bring up everyone who was sick. How did He do it? He just spoke a word, and they were completely healed. Some were so happy, they just jumped and danced their way back to sit by their friends and family. Nothing like this had ever been heard of before.

But, when He talked, they just sat spellbound. He told them about God the Father and about heaven. He said something about Him being God’s Son. He seemed to be saying that He was God, too, but how could that be true? He looked just like them, and He grew up close by in Nazareth. His father, Joseph was a carpenter and his mother was Mary. It didn’t seem possible, somehow . . . but, then, look at what He could do?

He healed sick people, He brought some back from the dead, and, He even told many of them that their sins were forgiven! Mary and Joseph couldn’t do that, and none of his brothers could heal people either. He was so interesting and what He said made them so hopeful, that they sat there all day. No one wanted to go home!

He also said that those who were Poor in Spirit were blessed, but they weren't sure what that meant. Even the disciples did not understand everything He said. Peter did not know that very soon he would learn exactly what it meant to be Poor in Spirit.

Peter and the other disciples were becoming very concerned. It was getting late and no one had eaten. They told Jesus to tell them to go home so they could eat, as they must be very hungry by then.

Jesus told them to give the crowd something to eat. Master, we have nothing here but five loaves of bread and two fish. How can we feed the entire crowd with so little? Jesus just smiled at them, and told them to bring the five loaves and two fish.

You see, they were learning what it meant to be Poor in Spirit -- but they hadn't reached a complete understanding yet, that everything we need comes from God. We depend upon God for everything. When we start to realize that, we are beginning to understand what it means to be Poor in Spirit.

With his eyes looking up to God the Father in heaven, Jesus blessed the food. He gave loaves of bread and fish to his disciples and told them to give them to the people. Peter took the five loaves and two fish and walked away to give them to a man and his family sitting nearby.

"Well, that's gone," he thought, "Now what are we going to do?" But, there were James and John, and Matthew, and Judas, and Bartholomew. Each of them had their arms full of bread and fish and were handing food out to the people.

Peter went back to the Lord, and sure enough. Every time he would pick up a loaf of bread or a fish, he would look and there would be more waiting for him to take to the people.

Soon, everyone had eaten all they could eat. The disciples took some baskets to gather up what was left. They had twelve baskets full of bread and fish remaining! There were 5,000 men in the crowd, along with women and children.

That is why Peter was so excited. He and the other disciples were now in the boat, sailing to the other side of the lake.

After sending the people away, Jesus went up on the mountain to pray. When evening came, he was alone on the mountain.

The disciples, however, were still in the boat. It had gotten very dark, and very windy. The wind seemed to come from every direction at once and they were all becoming very afraid. After such a wonderful day, were they all going to drown in the lake?

It was so dark, they couldn’t see a thing. One of the disciples looked up, and shouted, "What’s that? Do you see it?"

Another one said, "It looks like a ghost, walking on top of the water!" Now they were all terrified!

Jesus knew their fear, and spoke to them. "Don’t be afraid; It’s me, Jesus."

Peter wasn’t so sure. "Lord, if it really is you, then command me to come to you on the water, too."

Jesus said, "Come, Peter."

Peter stepped out of the boat. He was standing right on top of the water, as he slowly walked toward Jesus. Suddenly the wind blew so hard he almost fell. Peter was afraid, and began to sink into the water. "Help! Help! Lord, save me!"

Jesus stretched out his hand and caught Peter. "Oh Peter, you have so little faith in me," he said, "Why did you doubt?"

It seems so often that, like Peter, we have to learn things the hard way. Many times becoming Poor in Spirit is a process -- it just doesn't happen all at once.

When Peter and Jesus got into the boat, the wind stopped and the water became calm. Peter and the disciples fell at Jesus' feet and worshiped him. They said, "It’s true. You really are the Son of God."

Peter learned a great lesson that day. He learned what it was to become Poor in Spirit. He knew that if Jesus hadn’t been walking on the water he would have drowned. But he also knew that it meant more than that. Everything he was or did was nothing because, only by trusting in Jesus could he really do anything right.

And that is what it means to be Poor in Spirit. The home for those who are Poor in Spirit is not on this earth, because the Bible says that their home or country is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Are we Poor in Spirit? Do we think we can live our life just any way we decide to? After all, we’re smart; we can do so many things well. I mean, look at all we’ve accomplished. Man has even walked on the moon, and built a space station, and sent probes to Mars and beyond.

God commands us to be Poor in Spirit. Christ is all; He is everything that is important in our lives. He guides us, He keeps us safe, and He sent the Bible to us so we could learn about Him.

What about all those abilities you have, and your great intelligence?

God gave us everything, even our abilities and intelligence, and he means for us to use all of the gifts he gave us to live our whole lives trusting in Him and living according to the Bible for His honor and glory.

Pray to God that he will help you to be Poor in Spirit, like Peter. Peter wrote a couple of the books in our Bible. This is what he says in 1 Peter 1:5.

We are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Do you know what that means? God is the one who keeps us and gives us salvation. Understanding and believing that is what it means to be Poor in Spirit. 

The next Beatitude is about mourning. We go back to another story about Peter. This time it is almost at the end of Christ’s ministry.





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Blessed are those who Mourn for they shall be comforted. Peter and the disciples loved Jesus. They would do anything for him. But, one time when Jesus and his disciples were sitting together at the table, the disciples began to argue about who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.


What does it mean to mourn? In this devotion for children, we follow the disciple, Peter. as he faces the greatest trial of his life. He thought Jesus would be with them forever, but God had an even better plan!




4 Blessed are those who mourn, 
For they shall be comforted. 
  (Matthew 5:4, New King James Version)

Peter and the disciples loved Jesus. They would do anything for him. But, one time when Jesus and his disciples were sitting together at the table, the disciples began to argue about who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus told them, “He who is greatest among you, let him be as a servant, and he who serves, as one who governs. Jesus told the disciples that soon he would be lifted up on the cross, and his disciples would deny him.

Peter replied, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.”

Jesus sighed as he turned to Peter. "Oh Peter, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times."

“No,” said Peter, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You.”However, as the night progressed, it became obvious that things wouldn’t go as Peter predicted. Jesus went to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. When He rose up from prayer he discovered that his disciples had all fallen asleep.

Jesus called to them, "Get up and pray, so you won’t enter into temptation."

Just then, they heard several voices, and saw lanterns shining through the trees. Imagine their surprise when they saw Judas with a great many people, including priests and elders, coming with swords and clubs in their hands. Judas walked up and kissed Jesus.

Jesus said to them, “Have you come out against me with swords and clubs, like I’m a robber. I’ve been sitting with you every day, and you didn’t grab me then."

The disciples couldn’t believe what was happening. They were all so afraid that they ran away as fast as they could run!Peter and the disciples loved Jesus. They would do anything for him. But, one time when Jesus and his disciples were sitting together at the table, the disciples began to argue about who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus told them, “He who is greatest among you, let him be as a servant, and he who serves, as one who governs. Jesus told the disciples that soon he would be lifted up on the cross, and his disciples would deny him.

Peter replied, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.”

Jesus sighed as he turned to Peter. "Oh Peter, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times."

“No,” said Peter, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You.”However, as the night progressed, it became obvious that things wouldn’t go as Peter predicted. Jesus went to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. When He rose up from prayer he discovered that his disciples had all fallen asleep.

Jesus called to them, "Get up and pray, so you won’t enter into temptation."

Just then, they heard several voices, and saw lanterns shining through the trees. Imagine their surprise when they saw Judas with a great many people, including priests and elders, coming with swords and clubs in their hands. Judas walked up and kissed Jesus.

Jesus said to them, “Have you come out against me with swords and clubs, like I’m a robber. I’ve been sitting with you every day, and you didn’t grab me then."

The disciples couldn’t believe what was happening. They were all so afraid that they ran away as fast as they could run!Peter and the disciples loved Jesus. They would do anything for him. But, one time when Jesus and his disciples were sitting together at the table, the disciples began to argue about who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus told them, “He who is greatest among you, let him be as a servant, and he who serves, as one who governs. Jesus told the disciples that soon he would be lifted up on the cross, and his disciples would deny him.

Peter replied, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.”

Jesus sighed as he turned to Peter. "Oh Peter, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times."

“No,” said Peter, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You.”However, as the night progressed, it became obvious that things wouldn’t go as Peter predicted. Jesus went to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane. When He rose up from prayer he discovered that his disciples had all fallen asleep.

Jesus called to them, "Get up and pray, so you won’t enter into temptation."

Just then, they heard several voices, and saw lanterns shining through the trees. Imagine their surprise when they saw Judas with a great many people, including priests and elders, coming with swords and clubs in their hands. Judas walked up and kissed Jesus.

Jesus said to them, “Have you come out against me with swords and clubs, like I’m a robber. I’ve been sitting with you every day, and you didn’t grab me then."

The disciples couldn’t believe what was happening. They were all so afraid that they ran away as fast as they could run!


The men who had grabbed Jesus led him away to see the high priest while Peter crept at a safe distance behind them. Jesus was being treated like a criminal. Peter knew Jesus had done nothing deserving of death, but that is what the chief priests and pharisees wanted.

Later, Peter lingered nearby in the courtyard, when a servant girl came up to him and said, "You were with Jesus. I saw you.”

“No way,” said Peter. “I don’t have any idea of what you are talking about." He was afraid they would want to kill him, too.

You know, that’s just the way we are tempted to be when our mother or father catches us doing something wrong. We want to deny it and blame it on someone else.

Peter quickly left and went out to the gateway when another servant girl came up to him again, and said, “This fellow also is with Jesus of Nazareth.”

“No I’m not,” said Peter, “I don’t know what you are talking about. I don’t even know the man.”

Then, a little later, more people standing nearby said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.

”Now, Peter began to curse and say, “I do not know the Man!

”Immediately, the rooster crowed. Jesus turned and looked at Peter, and Peter remembered what Jesus had said to him. “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.

”Peter ran away and cried bitterly. Peter mourned because of the greatness of his sin. True mourning as meant in this beatitude, means being overcome with grief over our own sins, and desiring with all our hearts to not sin.

Some time later, after Jesus had died and then risen again from the dead, he appeared to his disciples. They were fishing in a boat on the lake. John looked up and said, “Look. It’s Jesus.” As soon as Peter heard that, he plunged into the sea and began to swim to the shore. He couldn’t wait to see Jesus.

Jesus called to the disciples and told them to come and eat breakfast with him. After breakfast, Jesus looked at Peter and said, “Peter, do you love me?”

Peter said, “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.

"Jesus looked at Peter and said, “Feed my lambs?” Then Jesus looked at Peter again, and said, “Peter, do you love me?”

Peter said again, “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.”

Jesus said, “Tend my sheep.” Then Jesus said to Peter a third time, “Peter, do you love me?”

Peter looked at Jesus a little irritably and said, “Lord, you know all things. You know that I love you.”Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”

Why do you think Jesus asked Peter the same question three times? Do you think it had something to do with Peter denying Jesus three times? Yes, I do too. So, what does that tell us?

Peter truly mourned his sin of denying Jesus three times. So, by asking Peter three times if he loved him, Jesus was showing Peter that He indeed did forgive him each time Peter had denied Him.

Mourning can mean many things. We think of mourning when a friend or a relative dies. We miss them terribly!

In the beatitudes, however, Jesus is talking about the true mourning over our sins, which separates us from God. Thankfully, Jesus has paid for those sins by dying on the cross for us. We find that we are righteous before God, not because of what we have done, but because of what Jesus has done for us. When we fall on our faces before God, accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as our only Savior, we are truly mourning our sins and looking to God, who alone can save us.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

They feel their guilt and failures and helplessness, but are honest about them and are grieved, which drives them to God, who is their only help and the only one who can truly comfort and forgive them.

Please remember students apply these Bea Attitudes to your daily life.

Blessed are the Meek for they shall inherit the earth. The Bible tells us that Moses was a great leader of the Children of Israel. He would listen to their complaints, and then go before God and ask for help for them. However, many times the people would become jealous of him. One day, Moses’ brother, Aaron, and sister, Miriam, were talking about Moses. Who did Moses think he was? Was he the only one God spoke to? 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be satisfied. Jesus traveled around through the towns around Jerusalem, healing the sick (including many children) and telling the people about his heavenly Father. He also spoke of sin and forgiveness. Zacchaeus was a tax collector, and he was very rich. Most people did not like tax collectors because it was common for them to collect more taxes than were due, and then keep some of the money for themselves. 

Blessed are the Merciful for they shall receive mercy. Jesus told many stories to his disciples, just like parents like to tell Bible stories to their children. Stories were a good way to show them what his words meant. Here is one of my favorite. A certain man was traveling from Jerusalem to Jericho. The man couldn’t help but be happy, as the day was bright and cheerful. This, however, would soon change!

Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see of God. It was early in Jesus’ ministry. Jesus was just beginning to call men to be his disciples. Simon Peter and Andrew were both followers of Jesus. Jesus found Andrew fishing, and called him to follow him. Andrew ran to get his brother, Peter, and both followed Jesus. The next day, as Jesus was walking, he found Philip and called Philip to follow him. Philip lived in the same city as Andrew and Peter. Philip ran to find his good friend Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. 

Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God. In the Bible we find a story about a very courageous, peacemaker, who was used by God to save the Children of God from uncertain death. Esther was a beautiful woman. As a matter of fact she was SO beautiful, that she was chosen by the king of Persia to become his queen. 

Blessed are those who are Persecuted for Righteousness' Sake for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Jacob had many sons, but his favorite was the youngest, Joseph. He did many special things for Joseph that he did not always do for Joseph’s older brothers. Because of this, Joseph’s older brothers hated him. As a matter of fact, they hated him so much, that they decided to kill him and then lie to their father by telling him that Joseph had been killed by a wild animal. 


The Bible tells us that Moses was a very Meek man. In this Beatitude devotional, Aaron and Miriam complain about their brother, Moses. God hears, and is not happy. Find out what happens to Miriam. 




  Blessed are the meek, 
For they shall inherit the earth. 

Matthew 5:5, New King James Version





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Moses was a great leader of the Children of Israel. He would listen to their complaints, and then go before God and ask for help for them. However, many times the Children of Israel would become jealous of him. One day, Moses’ brother, Aaron, and sister, Miriam, were talking about Moses. Who did Moses think he was? Was he the only one God spoke to? After all, God spoke through them as well.

How did Moses answer? What would we have done? If we were Moses, we would have argued, pointed out all of the reasons why they were wrong, and then would have told them how important we really are. God chose to speak directly to ME and not to THEM. Is that how Moses responded? No, the Bible says, Now the man Moses was very humble (Meek), more than all men who were on the face of the earth. Moses was very Meek.









Aaron and Miriam forgot something that we tend to forget as well. Do you know what they forgot? The Bible says, And the Lord heard it (their grumbling). Are we Meek when we argue and complain, and do we forget that God is listening? He hears everything we say. God heard what Aaron and Miriam said, and He was NOT HAPPY. Come out, you three, to the tabernacle of meeting! God said.

So Moses, Aaron, and Miriam all came out to the tabernacle. Then the Lord came down in the pillar of cloud and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam. And they both went forward. I’ll bet they were really scared. If they weren’t, they should have been!

Here’s what God said, Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the Lord, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream. Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house. I speak with him face to face. Even plainly, and not in dark sayings; and he sees the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?

Because Moses did not argue with Miriam and Aaron, he was being very Meek.

Do you think Aaron and Miriam argued with God? No, they did not. I imagine they were too afraid; they were probably shaking in their boots.

Well, here’s what God did. When the cloud that God was in rose back up into the sky, Aaron looked at Miriam and she was leprous, as white as snow. Leprosy is a horrible disease. Miriam’s entire body was covered with sores, and her skin had turned white, because it was flaking off.

Moses said, “That’s just what you deserve?”

Is that what you think he said? That’s what we would have wanted to say. But, no, that is not what Moses said.

Aaron turned to Moses and said, Oh, my lord? Please do not lay this sin on us, in which we have done foolishly and in which we have sinned. Please do not let her be as one dead, whose flesh is consumed.

Then, Moses cried out in prayer to the Lord, and asked God to heal her. But, the Lord told him, that if she had sinned against her father, she would have had to go outside the camp and stay there for seven days.

So, Miriam was sent outside the camp. She had to stay there with her leprosy for seven days. All of the Children of Israel had to camp where they were and wait for Miriam to be healed. At the end of seven days, God healed Miriam and she was able to return to her tent in the camp. Now, the people were finally able to travel again.

We understand from this story, that Moses was a meek man. Does that mean he was also weak and timid? No, he was not. As a matter of fact, it takes a strong person to be truly meek. This type of person does not defend themself if someone lies about them, makes fun of them, and says all kinds of horrible things about them. To be meek is to understand that we do not need to defend ourselves, or tell others how good we are. No, because God will defend us, and he will judge the person who does evil, just like he judged Miriam. We may never know how God judges people who are evil to us, but we know that He does.

What does it mean to inherit the earth? The Bible tells us that someday God will destroy this Earth with fire. Then, He will build a new Heaven and a new Earth. The true Christians, who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, will be the ones who will inherit the new earth. Can you imagine, boys and girls, what it will be like to live on a new Earth, not corrupted by sin? It will be more beautiful than any place we've ever been on this earth. When I think about it, I can hardly wait! 




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Thanks for taking this journey through the beatitudes with me. I hope you had as much fun as I did.