Blessed are the Pure in Heart (7 of 26) by Jonathan McLeod

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Blessed are the Pure in Heart (7 of 26)
Series: Kingdom Life
Jonathan McLeod
Matthew 5:8

''Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God'' (Matt. 5:8).


The sixth beatitude is ''Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God'' (Matt. 5:8). When Jesus spoke these words, he was probably thinking of Psalm 24. This psalm refers to a person with ''a pure heart'' (v. 4), who ''will receive blessing from the LORD'' (v. 5) and ''seek[s] the face of the God of Jacob'' (v. 6).

[Read Psalm 24.]


There are many amazing places to see on earth. [Show pictures of the places listed below.]

Zhangye Danxia landform in Gansu, China
Victoria Falls bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia in Africa
The Hang Son Doong cave in Quang Binh Province, Vietnam
Tunnel of Love in Klevan, Ukraine
Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives

But nothing compares to seeing God. Jesus declared, ''Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.''


Jesus didn't say that the outwardly pure would see God. He said ''the pure in heart.'' The heart is ''the core of a person, that place from which we feel and think and determine out actions.'' The heart is who we really are.

All of us, to some degree, are concerned with our outward appearance. But how concerned are we with our hearts? ''Man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart'' (1 Sam. 16:7). Throughout the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus emphasized the importance of the heart. He taught that his followers are to strive for inward purity.

''You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart'' (Matt. 5:27-28).

All sin begins in the heart. Sinful desires often lead to sinful actions.

''What comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of t ...

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