A Blessed Life: Part III

by APC on September 17, 2015

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God (Matthew 5:7–8, KJV).

Merciful

We are human and we all make mistakes. We hurt others in ways may not even realize on a day-to-day basis. When we’re hurt, we become offended, and then we develop a “grudge” toward the other person. We have a tendency to hold a mistake a person’s made over their head until we’re done feeling offended. People who are merciful have realized they don’t need to hold a grudge and feel offended when wronged. They’ve realized mercy brings them freedom.

Scripture speaks about the benefits of God’s mercy. God’s mercy is tender (Psalm 25:6), will hold us up when we fall (Psalm 94:18), and is everlasting (Psalm 103:17). Scripture shows God’s mercy as demonstrated by His actions. He extends those actions because He loves us. From God’s example, we can see mercy as love in action. When we show others mercy, we emulate the characteristics of Christ.

When we are merciful to others, we show compassion, kindness, and grace to others (e.g., enemies, those in power, etc.). We alone hold the ability to extend mercy toward someone who has offended us—someone else can’t stand in the gap to forgive others on our behalf! Mercy will always start with us, and when we are merciful, that will unlock the power of God’s mercy in our life (Matthew 6:14).

Merciful people realize that it’s important to extend mercy when you have the opportunity because at some point, we’re going to need it. Instead of hating our enemies, we need to “…love [our] enemies, bless them that curse [us], do good to them that hate [us], and pray for them which despitefully use [us], and persecute [us]…” (Matthew 5:44, KJV). We need to forgive others just as Christ forgave us (Colossians 3:13).

Pure in Heart

Happiness is not always in what we feel on the inside, or what we look like on the outside. True happiness and blessings are evident in our life when the goodness, and purity of our heart truly shows on the outside as well. When Scripture references being “pure in heart,” this refers to someone who does not have mixed motives. Being pure in heart means to have integrity!

Humans are inherently evil as we are born into sin. Therefore, many think they are pure in their own eyes (Proverbs 30:12). The truth of the matter is that we need God’s grace, love, and spirit pouring into our heart so that it can flow out. His righteousness will wash away that sin, help us put on His mindset, and walk each day with a renewed heart!

In order to be pure in heart, we need to remember and realign. God sees everything that we do—He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10). We can fool others by playing the part, but God sees our inward heart, and knows its purity (I Samuel 16:7). We need to realign our priorities if we want to have a pure heart. Scripture tells us to think on true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good, virtuous, and praise worthy things (Philippians 4:8). We need to retrain our minds (hearts) to be pure!

When we have a pure heart, God will reward us. Joseph had many opportunities to harden his heart toward God, but he remained faithful, and God blessed him abundantly! Joseph became second in command in Egypt (Genesis 41:38–46). If we can get our heart pure, and then let it show on the outside, we will be blessed!

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on September 16, 2015 with Guest Speaker, Casey Pollard