Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
The stress on the outward nature of the Christian life is a very useful image for married couples.This is why the longer version of the passage concludes with the note about Jesus finishing these words and the crowd being astonished at his teaching. All couples getting married have one eye set on the future. Just like the opening statement in this passage, Matthew frequently portrays Jesus describing the actions a disciple must undertake to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.From the Beatitudes to this point, Jesus has spent much time instructing, and he concludes it all by telling his interested followers that they must put these teachings into actions. Discipleship is as much about doing as it is believing. Many wedding couples will be making plans for a new home together.It pertains to Jesus’ foundational teachings for all who seek to follow him.Obviously, a particular reference to marriage is not included here.