What does it mean to be poor in spirit?
Because of the word poor, I have struggled to understand what poor in spirit means.
My natural inclination is to think of poverty. Or, more personally, that I am a broken person – through sin or life experiences. But, this does not match the other Christlike characteristics with the Beatitudes, or describe someone who will receive the kingdom of Heaven.
So what does it mean to be poor in spirit?
It means to be humble.
“Humility is to recognize gratefully your dependence on the Lord – to understand that you have constant need for his support.” (True to the Faith, p. 86)
What comes of being humble?
Humility can lead to healing!
After Solomon dedicated the temple, the Lord accepted it and made the promise to heal the land.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
All healing, especially healing of the soul, requires humility.
We need humility to recognize and accept our mistakes, our sins, our shortcomings, and are weaknesses.
It takes humility to change.
When we act upon that knowledge and desire to change through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, He will heal us.
How has humility helped you change and heal?