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My husband just completed a sermon series on The Beatitudes, so I thought this would be a good topic for our Tuesday series. We began by learning how Jesus set the stage for his sermon.  Then we studied the first Beatitude and learned what it means to be poor in spirit.  Next, we examined what it looks like to mourn our sinful state.  The following week, we learned about meekness and obedience.  Two weeks ago we saw what it looks like to hunger and thirst for righteousness.  Last Tuesday we studied mercy.  Today we move on to the sixth Beatitude:

Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.  ~ Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart…

Purity of heart is freedom from the contamination of anything that does not glorify God.  But since we are all born contaminated with the sin nature of mankind, each person must first come to a decision to confront their sin as God reveals it to them through the Holy Spirit.  A person must be mournful over their sin (as discussed in the second Beatitude) in order for the purification process to begin.

Purity of heart comes in two steps.  First is the cleansing of our hearts through the power of Jesus’ blood, shed to pay the penalty for our sinful actions. (“But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” – 1 John 1:7) Then, there is the continuing sanctification of our hearts through His Word, the Bible.  (“…that He might sanctify and cleanse her [the Church] with the washing of water by the word…” – Ephesians 5:26)

… for they shall see God.

How does anyone see God?  There are two ways in particular:

1.  We can see God in the circumstances and people in our lives.  Our spiritual eyes are opened as God works in us and around us, and as we demonstrate righteousness in our behavior toward others.  It is not in our own strength that we can be pure in heart, or that we can show mercy toward others.  It is only living a life led by the Holy Spirit of God.

2. As believers, we have the certain hope of seeing the LORD face to face, with His name written on us. (“They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.” – Revelation 22:4)

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND MEDITATION:

  • The world is looking to see God… they are looking to God’s people to show the way to Him.  Are people seeing you hunger and thirst for righteousness?  Do they see you show Christ-like mercy to others?  Can they see that you are pure in heart?
  • Purification through sanctification comes from daily time spent reading and meditating on Scripture.  Choose one of the following Scripture verses to meditate on and memorize during this week: Psalm 46:10-11; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Psalm 39:7-8; 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17.
  • Ask God to make you more sensitive to the leading and counsel of the Holy Spirit.  Stop during the day and make time to listen.
Father God, thank You for making a way for our hearts to be purified. Thank You, Jesus, for shedding Your innocent blood on the cross so that our sins can be forgiven and washed away, never to be held against us again.  Please help us to live lives that point unbelievers to You.  Love them and be merciful toward them through us, we pray.  Amen.
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