As Christians, we desire the blessings of God in our lives. But what are these blessings and what is being blessed? We discover more as we look at the scriptures about blessings and allow God’s word to give us knowledge and understanding about this subject.
What does the Bible say about blessings?
Have you ever heard of the statement ‘too blessed to be stressed?’ Do you think of yourself or call yourself blessed? Or, are you waiting for your life to be perfect first then you can think of yourself as blessed?
You see when your life is not where you think it’s supposed to be especially with regards to material possessions, you hesitate to call yourself ‘blessed’.
It’s easy to think you will be blessed once you have that big house, dream job or career, the magic amount in your bank account (anyone dreaming of becoming a millionaire one day like me?), dream car, degree, perfect home, taking dream vacations, perfect husband and child.
Or maybe you think you will be blessed when you become ‘perfect’?
If you think the definition of a blessed person is a rich person, think again.
The Bible says blessings are received from God. They grow our faith and help us become more Christ-like. Jesus Christ is our blessing and everything that He gave us with His death and resurrection.
While God’s blessings can be tangible- rainfall during a drought, health, healing, wealth, and success, in most cases they’re not tangible. God gives us His amazing grace, forgiveness, love, redemption, and His presence as some of His many blessings.
The meaning of blessings in the Bible is to be fully satisfied in God. When you’re blessed, you are content and lacking nothing. A blessed person receives God’s favor, regardless of the circumstances.
The beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-12 show us who God considers blessed and it’s not what we would assume. There are no material possessions in this passage.
Jesus Christ says blessed are the peacemakers, the persecuted, the meek, those who mourn, the merciful, the pure in heart, the poor in spirit, and those who hunger and thirst for the word.
What they receive are the blessing of God- His comfort, the kingdom of heaven, being filled with His love and His Spirit and God’s mercy. The blessed shall see God and be given a new identity as God’s children.
I love this list of the amazing blessings we get from God when we seek, love, and obey Him no matter what we’re going through. Material possessions are a bonus from God but His blessings are way more meaningful and deep.
What is being blessed?
What does being blessed mean? What is the meaning of a blessed life? According to Psalm 1, there are certain Dos and Don’ts of a blessed person.
The don’ts of a blessed Christian
There are certain things God expects a blessed person not to do. We must avoid these at all costs to live in a godly manner.
1. Don’t follow ungodly people
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly”Psalm 1v1a
The Bible says when you’re blessed, you don’t go in the same direction as unbelievers. You also can’t take the advice of those the Bible says are ungodly- a person who doesn’t know God, honor Him or care about what God says.
That means as a blessed woman you must check your physical and online friends. Because in this day and age, we tend to have more ‘online’ friends than physical ones.
Who do you follow on social media?
Despite what you may think, you can be influenced by someone online and deem what they say, wear and do acceptable even though it may not be in line with God’s word.
You will go the same way as those who you listen to, so check your friends and dissociate from the ones who may lead you astray and away from God.
2. Being blessed is not standing with sinners
“Nor stands in the path of sinners.”Psalm 1:1b
When we do what our ungodly friends do and say, we stand in their path-we are a stumbling block to them knowing Jesus and to their salvation. If they can influence us and we can’t influence them, then how can we make them believe in the power of the God we serve?
3. Don’t sit in the seat of the scornful
“Nor sits in the seat of the scornful.”Psalm 1: 1c
What is to sit? It’s to remain in a certain position or state and to adopt. Sitting with a scornful person is spending time with someone who doesn’t believe there is a God and adopting their ways and words.
Think of it as a journey. Imagine going to visit a friend at her house. When you arrive, you walk into their house, then you stand and finally you sit on the chair or couch.
Similarly here a blessed Christian doesn’t:
- Walk-You start by walking with an ungodly friend, listening to their advice which is contrary to God’s word, taking it all in.
- Stand-Then you stand with them and become a stumbling block to their salvation.
- Sit-Finally you sit with them. You remain with them in their sinfulness and disobedience to God. The sinful world is one that God doesn’t want you to be in.
What does a blessed person do?
There are certain things God expects us to do as His dearly beloved and blessed children. We should focus out time and energy on these.
1. Do spend time with God
“But His delight is the Law of the Lord”Psalm 1:2a
A blessed person takes great pleasure in and gets excited about their time with God. Not just going to a church service but taking pleasure in spending daily time with God, connecting with Him, and drawing near to Him.
This can be through prayer, reading God’s word, listening to sermons, reading Christian books, or listening to worship music. It’s spending most of your time engaging in activities that grow your relationship with God.
2. Meditate on the Word
“And in His law he mediates on day and night.”Psalm 1:2b
If you’ve seen a person in love, then you know they can meditate on their crush or loved one. They can spend every waking moment thinking about that person, longing to be with them, and even lose focus at school or work.
In the same way, a blessed person meditates and spends time thinking about God’s word when they are awake and even at night. They eat the Word every single day. And they do it because they love God and understand the importance of His word.
When you’re blessed you don’t meditate on the challenges and trials you’re facing but on God’s amazing promises.
The benefits of being a blessed Christian
“He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in season, whose leaf shall not wither, and whatever He does shall prosper.”Psalm 1: 3
A tree planted by the water:
- Is always green, it bears fruit all year round
- It’s never lacking even in a season of drought it’s still fruitful
- Even if the tree grows old and dies, it regenerates (its logs that fall into the water can be a great habitat for fish)
Like a tree planted by the water, our success will come in the same way: We will bear fruit even in seasons of drought or difficulties.
Better yet, even when we die one day, our legacy of loving God’s word will not die with us. It will have impacted our families, friends, and those around us.
What happens to the ungodly man?
“But the ungodly are not so, but are like chaff which the wind drives away.”Psalm 1:4
Chaff is a worthless, meaningless substance and God’s word reminds us of something about the world.
“And the world is passing away, and the lust of it but he who does the will of God abides forever.”1 John 2:17
In the end, the blessed man knows that following the world and all in it will only end in destruction.
So what is being blessed? It’s certainly not about having a perfect life or even having a comfortable life. Being blessed is about having an enriching relationship with God and growing through His word.
28 Splendid Scriptures about blessings
Now that we know a little more about what it means to be blessed, we can explore some great Bible verses about blessings. These scriptures will encourage and assure you of the benefits of God’s wonderful blessings.
Scriptures about blessings from God
God’s blessings are so enriching and fulfilling. These encouraging blessing scriptures are a great reminder of the wonderful promises God gives us.
“But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”Matthew 13:16-17
“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,Romans 4:7
And whose sins are covered;”
Being a part of the New Testament church is a great blessing! We live in a time where we know about Jesus’ life and have experienced God’s grace which came through His death and resurrection.
Jesus says there are prophets and righteous people who wanted to see and hear from Jesus so we’re blessed and should be thankful to God.
Our sins are forgiven because of the blood of Jesus shed on the cross and His incredible love covers our sins. We truly are blessed.
“The blessing of the Lord makes one rich,Proverbs 10:22
And He adds no sorrow with it.”
The blessing of the Lord doesn’t cause you to be stressed or worried. It adds no sorrow and makes you eternally rich. God’s blessings are not tangible and temporary but they’re eternal and stand the test of time.
But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”Luke 11:28
“But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”James 1:25
These are powerful Bible verses about blessings from God. When we practice God’s word and are careful to do what it says, God will bless us.
As Jesus said in the Parable of the Sower, when we don’t act on the Word, the world and all its cares and tribulations will choke that Word so that it becomes unfruitful.
“Blessed is the man whose strength is in You,Psalm 84:5
Whose heart is set on pilgrimage.”
“Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,Psalm 146:5
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,”
“and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:7
We will experience the peace of God when He blesses us. He will strengthen us in tough times and give us hope for a better future in Him.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,”Ephesians 1:3
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;Psalm 34:8
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!”
“He who heeds the word wisely will find good,Proverbs 16:20
And whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.”
These scriptures about blessings assure us that when we trust in the Lord with all our hearts we will see God’s goodness and experience His blessings.
“Blessed are those who keep His testimonies,Psalm 119:2
Who seek Him with the whole heart!”
“Blessings are on the head of the righteous,Proverbs 10:6
But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.”
“If you are willing and obedient,Isaiah 1:19
You shall eat the good of the land;”
“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”James 1:12
Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”Revelation 14:13
God will bless the person who obeys His principles and patterns. When we seek Him and are willing to do what He tells us, God promises to shower us with His blessings.
We are fighting spiritual battles daily and God is fighting for us and with us. When we’re able to stand and not give up, we will be rewarded.
We are promised rest, eternity with God, and the crown of life which are amazing blessings that no one can ever take from us.
Scriptures on blessings and favor
The blessing of the Lord brings His favor upon us. These are great bible verses that declare this important truth.
“For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous;Psalm 5:12
With favor You will surround him as with a shield.”
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield;Psalm 84:11
The Lord will give grace and glory;
No good thing will He withhold
From those who walk uprightly.”
“For His anger is but for a moment,Psalm 30:5
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.”
“Let not mercy and truth forsake you;Proverbs 3:3-4
Bind them around your neck,
Write them on the tablet of your heart,
And so find favor and high esteem
In the sight of God and man.”
“Remember me, O Lord, with the favor You have toward Your people.Psalm 106:4
Oh, visit me with Your salvation,”
God’s favor lasts a lifetime. It’s not for a season but forever. His favor brings us protection because it’s a shield against the attacks from the devil.
The blessing and favor of God will bring joy to our lives because it opens doors and makes sure good things come into our lives. These are good things according to God for He knows best what we should and shouldn’t have.
Blessing others Bible verses
When we have received the blessing from God, we can then be in a position to share it and bless others. These are encouraging scriptures about blessing others.
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.”Romans 12:14
“bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.”Luke 6:28
“Let them curse, but You bless;Psalm 109:28
When they arise, let them be ashamed,
But let Your servant rejoice.”
“not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.”1 Peter 3:9
Just like Jesus forgave the people who nailed Him to the Cross, and Stephen forgave those who stoned him to death, God asks us to bless our enemies and those who hurt us and cause us pain.
This kind of love is what separates Christians from unbelievers. We do what Jesus did because we’re His disciples. The Bible says we’re not of this world so we do things differently in God’s kingdom.
We don’t revenge because we know that God is a just God. What we focus on is loving others by praying for them and blessing them even when they don’t do the same to us. And we do it because we are obedient to God’s word and not our feelings.
“The generous soul will be made rich,Proverbs 11:25
And he who waters will also be watered himself.”
God promises that when we bless others and are generous towards them, He will also bless us.
“May the Lord God of your fathers make you a thousand times more numerous than you are, and bless you as He has promised you!”Deuteronomy 1:11
“The Lord bless you and keep you;Numbers 6:24-26
The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”
What an encouragement God’s blessings are. They are a treasure that no one can take away from us. These splendid scriptures about blessings show that God is willing and able to bless us when we obey Him, trust Him, seek Him, delight in and abide in His word, meditate on His word and become doers of His principles.
Prayer for God’s blessings
Heavenly Father, thank you for your wonderful blessings which you store up and give to Your children. It’s so great that your blessings add no sorrow but give us joy, peace, and hope.
I pray for your blessings and favor upon me and my family. May we not focus on the world’s perspective of blessings but the one found in your word. I desire to become fruitful in every area and season of my life through your amazing grace.
In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
I would love to know if you think of yourself as blessed? Leave your comment below.