7/15/16 – Blessed are the pure in heart

For five weeks we’ve been looking at the beatitudes – the eight surprising ways to experience God’s blessing in life. As we’ve seen, Jesus turned common expectations upside down, and shared unexpected ways to find peace and fulfillment as God’s people.

The sixth beatitude, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God,” like every part of God’s Word, is in the right place. It’s part of the beautiful and marvelous sequence of truths that are laid out according to the mind of God. It is the climax of the Beatitudes, the central truth to which the previous five lead and from which the following two flow.

And this sixth beatitude gets behind the masks we wear to the real people who wear them. I want to encourage you to jump in and be a part of this series… or catch it online if you are traveling!

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Particularly in the face of tragedy in Nice, and the unrest unfolding in Turkey, I urge you to remember these thoughts.

We can be tempted to respond with fear or with anger, or with both. When the world is troubling, rather than responding with fear and anger, it is better to receive the peace that only Christ can give.

The night before Jesus went to His death on a cross, He knew His disciples would respond both with anger and with fear. But Jesus wanted His disciples to receive His peace. So He said, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).

This is the peace that will sustain us when our hearts are troubled. This is the peace that will support us when our hearts are fearful. This is the peace that will surround us when our hearts are lonely. And it is a peace that no one can take from us. God’s peace is stronger than human tragedy.

Thanks and blessings,

Pastor Vince

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