12 Step Beatitudes

Last Updated on 12 February 2024

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Reaching rockbottom in a life of addiction has been for me the entrance to real life in recovery. 

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

The necessary experience of grief through withdrawal has made it possible for me to experience deep comfort and peace. 

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

Learning to be humble in the face of addiction and the harm my defects have caused is bringing me great and enduring riches. 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

In recovery I am eager for not just bottom line sobriety, but to be the best me I can be, and I know I am on the way. 

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

In addiction I often preferred to judge and blame others; in recovery I am choosing more and more to be compassionate towards others, and in doing that I am experiencing more and more acceptance from others. 

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Through my own growth in pure thinking and acting in all areas of life, I am catching glimpses of God’s own nature. 

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Making amends has become a way of life for me, and in that experience I am living out my identity as a beloved son of God. 

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

I am able to receive judgement and rejection by being secure in the knowledge of God’s acceptance of me. 

Matthew 5:3-11 (ESVUK)

Composed by Andrew J

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