What are some qualities and characteristics of a Christ-follower? If you were to hold a mirror up to your soul, what would you see? Boice wrote in his commentary on the Sermon on the Mount, that when we turn to the Beatitudes, "we find a portrait of Jesus." And when Jesus spoke these words, "He was telling the listeners how they could be deeply, spiritually, and profoundly happy and how they could maintain this happiness even in the midst of life's disappointments and hard times."
Instead of a selection of gifts (like the fruit of the Spirit found in Galatians, or spiritual gifts found elsewhere in the New Testament), we are given a list of attributes. If you are a Christ-follower, then you are to be reflecting the Beatitudes.
I especially like what Paul wrote to the church in Corinth: "So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord - who is the Spirit - makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image." (2 Corinthians 3:18, NLT)
So, the question remains, are you deeply, spiritually, and profoundly happy? Even in the midst of life's disappointments?