An examination of the beatitudes found in Matthew 5:8-9
The teachings of Jesus have a revolutionary feel and orientation. They are only possible as we live through the Holy Spirit each day. They are upside down principles that lead to right-side up living! Let’s see them today as they are recorded in sacred Scripture.
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.
God is ultimately pure. In Him, there is no spot, no blemish, and no error. Christians are commanded to be like Christ and He is our example of purity in a sinful world.
God’s people should seek to be pure in thought, belief, and deed. We do this not to obtain salvation, but as evidence for salvation. Our purity, as the Spirit works in us, should be an example to others that we are truly in Christ.
Only those who are pure will see God. Jesus purchased our purity when he died for us and rose again. Our sins have been forgiven and we have the righteousness of Christ when are justified through Him!
Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
One of our greatest human needs is for peace. We desire peace with others, peace with ourselves, and peace with God. Christ-followers have peace with God and peace through Christ because He gives us His peace. (John 14:27) We are now expected to be peacemakers.
Reconciliation with others is not always easy. Working through divisive problems can be extraordinarily taxing. However, reconciliation is commanded in Scripture (Matthew 18 & 2 Corinthians 5:18-19) and should be practiced as we live life together.
Blessings await those who are peacemakers. Is there someone with which you need to reconcile? Start the process today.