After years of pondering and doing word studies on the Beatitudes this is my understanding of them from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount:
Blessed are the poor in spirit (those who have hit rock bottom from addiction to self-sufficiency), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn (those who truly grieve over their sin), for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek (those who have humbled themselves before our mighty God), for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (those whose top priority is being right with God), for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful (those who compassionately exhibit undeserved grace towards others in thought and action), for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart (those who keep a check on their thoughts and feelings, staying morally clean by regular confession of sin-even asking God to reveal hidden faults), for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers (those who share the good news of the gospel so others can have peace with God), for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness (get slammed for doing the right thing and/or being right with God), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3-10
Let me know what you think. I would love to hear your input.