In some ways, the Beatitudes are to the New Testament what the Ten Commandments are to the Old Testament. Both outline a lifestyle desirable to God. The Beatitudes, however, are not laws – rather they are statements of grace. They overflow with affirmation, accepting love and reassurance. Blessing, gift, hope, encouragement, grace; these are the foundations on which the kingdom announced by Jesus is built. This speaks to the depth of who we are, for so often we are actually more at home ‘trying hard to be good’, than we are in receiving the goodness and gift of God’s love. The Beatitudes take us into a whole new realm of living by and in the grace of God.