Dear Windermere friends and family,
Week 3 – Mercy and purity
The merciful are blessed, for they will be shown mercy.
The pure in heart are blessed, for they will see God.
We are making a third blog post under the theme – starting 2017 in a fresh way. Jesus always had a way to look at the world in a different way. Today we are looking at Matthew 5:7-8. Jesus is challenging us in two areas – showing mercy and modeling a pure heart.
Historians tell us the Romans had little regard for mercy. They felt it was a “disease of the soul.” In modern times, too many churches have lost their value for mercy. When Jesus talked about mercy, instead of a sickness it became the very health of the soul. One of the absolute attributes of God is love. In relation to man, that attribute is extended by grace and mercy. The best way to understand mercy is to see it action. By dying on the cross, Jesus showed us exactly what mercy means.
When the Bible talks about the pure in heart, the term pure has two meaning – clean or unmixed. This Beatitude uses the second meaning, unmixed. I think the idea is integrity. It is important to understand that a pure heart means an unmixed heart or a singleness of heart. Jesus says in Matthew 6 you can’t serve two masters. The pure in heart is single-hearted. In the Old Testament King David did not have a sinless heart but he did have a singleness of heart! He was described as a man after God’s own heart.
Both mercy and purity come with blessings. Here are two wonderful blessings.
Student ministry has allowed me to grow in appreciation of modern choruses. I know it is a contentious issue with some churches. But sometimes a chorus gets it right. One of my favorite worship songs is called Hosanna (Hillsong).I recall the time when I was going through the Beatitudes for my devotions and we sang this chorus the same week. The Lord got my attention with both word and song.
Heal my heart and make it clean
Open up my eyes to the things unseen
Show me how to love like You have loved me
Break my heart for what breaks Yours
Everything I am for Your kingdom’s cause
As I walk from earth into eternity.
May our Lord grant us mercy so that our hearts are broken for what breaks the heart of God.
It is always a pretty day at the lake.
John W. Bailey
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