Sixth Beatitude

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”—Matthew 5:8

This beatitude gives an insight into the thinking of Jesus concerning our hearts. It is not enough to clean up our act on the outside. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you cleanse the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of extortion and rapacity. You blind Pharisee! First cleanse the inside of the cup and of the plate, that the outside also may be clean.” (Matthew 23:25–26)

“What comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart . . . For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a man.” (Matthew 15:18–19)

“Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit . . . For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Matthew 12:33–)

We are in Chapter Seven of our Study Book, “Focusing on God’s Light in Others and Ourselves” Forgiveness The Passionate Journey, Flora Slosson Wuellner.

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14 thoughts on “Sixth Beatitude”

  1. I’m really admiring our author Wuellner and her spiritual insight into the Beatitudes and it’s connection to forgiveness. It seems since we started this study I’m finding searchers everywhere looking to walk free from wounds and hurts. I just read this article this am…

    Gabrielle Bernstein Jan 28,2018 wrote: GOOD ADVICE TO SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS, PRACTICE THE WORD: FORGIVENESS
    “If we want to be free from judgment, we must be willing to forgive. Without forgiveness, we continue to live in the shadows of our past and our projections of the future.”

    “One thing that is very important to remember about forgiveness is that it sets you free. Forgiving doesn’t mean you let someone off the hook for seriously hurting you, and it certainly doesn’t mean you need to let them into your life. But you don’t have to waste your very precious energy judging them.”

    I think the most freeing words here, Forgiveness…”certainly doesn’t mean you need to let them into your life. But you don’t have to waste your very precious energy judging them.”

    Our hearts can be pure without the agony of a name determined to hurt. This thinking makes I Peter 2:1 and Hebrews 12:1 ring with healing to one’s soul.

    Now, to start the study in our new chapter and connect to doing and being. ❤️

    1. 1 Peter 2:1 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)

      “2 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind”.

    2. Hebrews 12:1 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)

      “12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us”. Seems you have it right Sara…..” Connect to doing and being”✍🏻🙏💕✝✍🏻🙏💕✝

      1. You got it Tammy, sometimes it takes a mountain and sometimes it takes a valley and sometimes it’s takes a good pitch assisted by a sky full of witnesses but we get it. Then, we see God. It sure does make one happy to have clear vision and clear conscious. It seems when we see God it’s like viewing the expansion of the sky and the ocean. His ways are perfect.

  2. “But you don’t have to waste your very precious energy judging them.”
    Interesting that on pg 103 Wuellner gives us a warning regarding our energies: “Jesus looks at what goes on in the heart. He is concerned with our priorities, our motives and intentions. He warns us that if we split our energies, if we try to serve two conflicting purposes, if we say one thing and do another, we are living dangerously fractured lives. Within our forgiveness journey, we need the singleness, the purity of heart that focuses on the radiant central light, the source of our strength.”

    1. Debi, look what John Wesley wrote. “WHERE THE LOVING eye of the soul is continually fixed upon God, there can be no darkness at all.”– John Wesley…A Longing for Holiness

      What I’m finding to be so real, just so real, is truth is the same today, yesterday, and forever. Hebrews 13:8 And, one “shall see God!” Awesome!

  3. Wonderful encouragement from John Wesley, Sara!
    And Wuellner continues to talk about this light and darkness when she quotes 2 Corinthians 4:6 after saying,” Christians believe we see directly into the heart and nature of God when we focus on Jesus Christ. (pg 107) She offers a suggestion to help with this on pg 105 stating, “Another powerful and transforming way of remaining focused on God is to begin to see God’s presence within the people around us: God’s light around them and the wonderful potential within them.”

  4. “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”

    My first reaction to this beatitude is, “their is no way, I’m going to see God.” These beatitudes bring us face to face with the truth of ourselves if we will allow them. For this to happen to some of us we have to move beyond our familiarity with these words and hear what they say.

    The words of Jeremiah say, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” I am told my heart is “desperately wicked” and unknowable. Yet, Jesus tells me if I’m pure in heart I will see God. I’m sure both are telling me the truth. One is God’s spokesman, the other is God in the flesh speaking. I’m in a bad spot, I know I’m not pure in heart and I know I am as Jeremiah has described.

    So I cry as the Apostle, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord…” Who will deliver me from this heart of death?

    Charles H Spurgeon in his sermon on this beatitude gives us all hope. Here is his breakdown of this beatitude.
    “In speaking upon our text, I want to show you, first, that impurity of heart is the cause of spiritual blindness; and, secondly, that the purification of the heart admits us to a most glorious sight: “the pure in heart, shall see God.” Then I shall have to show you, in the third place, that the purification of the heart is a divine operation, which cannot be performed by ourselves, or by any human agency; but must be wrought by him who is the thrice-holy Lord God of Sabbath.“

    Spurgeon was a long-winded preacher, that is not a condemnation. He believed he was preaching about eternity and the eternal life of his listeners. Perhaps if we preachers had this same belief, we could convey this to our listeners and those who are believers would not be so quick to complain about the length of the sermon, but would pray for the message to be heard and received by those are in need of eternal life. And in the process hear the word themselves.

    Here is a portion of his third point.
    “III. Now, lastly, and very briefly, I have to remind you that THIS PURIFICATION OF THE HEART IS A DIVINE WORK

    “The heart can only be purified by God’s Holy Spirit. He must come upon us, and overshadow us, and when he thus comes to us, then is our heart changed, but never before, that. When the Spirit of God thus comes to us, he cleanses the soul-to follow the line of our Savior’s teaching in the chapter before, us,-by showing us our spiritual poverty: Blessed are the poor in spirit.” That is the first work of God’s grace, — to make us feel that we are poor, that we are nothing, that we are undeserving, ill- deserving, hell-deserving sinners. As the Spirit of God proceeds with his work, the next thing that he does is to make us mourn: “Blessed are they that mourn.” We mourn to think that we should have, sinned as we have done, we mourn after our God, we mourn after pardon; and then the great process that effectually cleanses the heart is the application of the water and the blood which flowed from the riven side of Christ upon the cross. Here it is, O sinners, that ye will find a double cure from the guilt and from the power of sin! When faith looks to the bleeding Savior, it, sees in him not merely pardon for the past, but the putting away of the sinfulness of the present.”

    “…the forgiven sinner cries, “Now that I am saved, now that I am pardoned, my Lord Jesus Christ, I will be thy servant for ever. I will put to death the sins that put thee to death; and if thou wilt give me the strength to do so, I will serve thee, as long as I live!” The current of the man’s soul ran before towards evil; but the moment that he finds that Jesus Christ died for him, and that his sins are forgiven him for Christ’s sake, the whole stream of his soul rushes in the other direction towards that which is right; and though he, still has a struggle against his old nature, yet from that day forth the man is pure in heart; that is to say, his heart loves purity, his heart seeks after holiness, his heart pines after perfection.”

    Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones, the great English expositor from the last century expresses the same in his sermon on this beatitude. That after we believe we are to depend on the work of the Holy Spirit for purification, and we must work with the Spirit.

    Here are the closing words of his message.
    “All I have tried to say can be put like this. You are going to see God! Do you not agree that this is the biggest, the most momentous, the most tremendous thing that you have ever been told? Is it your supreme object, desire, and ambition to see God? If it is, and if you believe this gospel, you must agree with John. ‘Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself even as he is pure.’ The time is short, you and I have not long to prepare… You and I, creatures of time as we appear to be, are going to see God and bask in his Eternal glory for ever and ever. Our one confidence is He is working in us and preparing us for that. But let us also work and purify ourselves ‘even as he is pure.”

    Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.

    1. Thank you jeepgary, you, Sprugeon and Jones are three lights shining into darkness with your forever ongoing teaching. You three are blessed with unique gifts and we are blessed to receive so that our lights might shine brighter.

      My understanding in this dialogue is a pure heart is a very bright light! Is this Light our power to enpower others?

      1. What jeepgary wrote is encouraging. This part he quoted above,”that the purification of the heart is a divine operation, which cannot be performed by ourselves” and also, “but the moment that he finds that Jesus Christ died for him, and that his sins are forgiven him for Christ’s sake, the whole stream of his soul rushes in the other direction towards that which is right”… helps me connect something Wuellner wrote on pg 22 from the chapter, “Forgiveness: How is it possible”. She says, “Ultimately forgiveness is not our power at all but God’s power flowing toward us, in us, through us, like a mighty river. When we start the journey of forgiveness we enter that great current.”
        And Sara when you asked, ” Is this Light our power to enpower others?”… I think Wuellner speaks to this on pg 106 when she talks about seeing others with God’s eyes (which does not seem possible to me unless your heart is pure). She says, “Silently, asking to see with the eyes of God, we can inwardly speak to that hidden splendor within the other: You are a child of God, and your deep inner light from God is beautiful. May you and your unique gift be healed so that your original empowered beauty may shine forth.”

  5. As we watch Dr Billy Graham’s motorcade drive through country roads and cities alike to allow people from around the world to mourn and honor, The Preacher, I’m awe struck by the purity of heart spoken of this man’s character and integrity of life and above all else His message of Jesus Christ.

    We hear throughout the day by his family, his personal friends and the multitudes that know Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Savior, because of his faithfulness and obedience to his calling, say, he saw God. He is with God. There is rejoicing in heaven.

    We are experiencing a man’s life that shows us an example of the epitome of “blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” And, Dr Graham’s bottom line message, and you can too.🙏🏻

    Prayers for his family and nations as we honor this great man. Yet, his epitaph will simply read, PREACHER.

    Note: Lie in Honor 2018
    ‘Billy Graham will lie in honor in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 28 and March 1. The Capitol Rotunda will open to the public from approximately 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The lying in honor period will end at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Enter through the Capitol Visitor Center. Photographs in the Rotunda are strictly prohibited. “

  6. Jeepgary quoting The Preacher, Sprugeon, above… ““The heart can only be purified by God’s Holy Spirit. He must come upon us, and overshadow us, and when he thus comes to us, then is our heart changed, but never before, that. When the Spirit of God thus comes to us, he cleanses the soul-to follow the line of our Savior’s teaching in the chapter before, us,-by showing us our spiritual poverty: Blessed are the poor in spirit.” That is the first work of God’s grace, —”

    I’m seeing the importance of following closely the instructions of The Sermon on The Mount (Beatitudes) as given by Jesus. Without the timing of the Holy Spirits knowledge of and cooperation with I might not even have opportunity to be blessed/happy……this is a mind freezing thought to me.

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