Thursday, April 23, 2009

Another look at the Beatitudes, part 4

Matthew 5:8-9

8. Pure = 100%. There is nothing there but what should be there.

The heart is the center of our being. Too many people look good without being good. A look at the news will verify this statement.

This purity comes from the righteousness bestowed, but it continues through our participation in it.

We can see God. This is something Moses couldn’t do in his lifetime. This is to live in the presence of God. It is to have freedom, boldness with regard to him. There is no blessing beyond this.

9. Peacemakers covers the outward reach. It’s not that we are diplomats, but evangelists. The only peace we can really make is introducing people to the Prince of Peace.

Still, there ought not to be contentions in the church or in our families. The Christian should be the FIRST to act in conflict.

To be labeled as sons of God is to be designated as those with the nature of God. No higher name can be given. Again, this is not something that comes until the earlier characters have been developed.

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