The 12 Steps & the Beatitudes

Submitted by EvanDonovan on 8.13.2016, 7:44 am

The following table shows my best attempt at a correspondence between the 12 Steps and the Beatitudes. The correspondence is not exact, but it is still helpful, I believe.

Steps 1-3:
1) Admit you are powerless.
2) Come to believe in a higher Power.
3) Make a decision to turn your will and your life over to God.
a) Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matt. 5:3)
Step 4:
4) Make a searching and fearless moral inventory of yourself.
b) Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. (Matt. 5.4)
Step 5:
5) Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
c) Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. (Matt. 5:5)

Step 6 & 7:
6) Were entirely ready to have God remove defects of character.
7) Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

d) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled. (Matt. 5:6)
Steps 8 & 9:
8) Make a list of all the people we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
9) Made direct amends wherever possible.
e) Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. (Matt. 5:7)
Steps 10 & 11:
10) Continued to take personal inventory.
11) Sought through prayer and meditation to improve conscious contact with God.
f) Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. (Matt. 5:8)
Step 12:
12) Sought to carry this message to others and practice these principles in all our affairs.
g) Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God. (Matt. 5:9)
  h) Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matt. 5:10)