Blessed are the Clean of Heart…

“Blessed are the clean of heart,

for they will see God. ” (Matthew 5: 8)

 

The Beatitudes are primarily a lesson for the church on how, not unlike the 10 commandments, we should live out our time on this Earth and consider to a larger extent the actions that are either laid down before us, or those which have already passed, or where we might have failed to be the best examples of Christ to others that we should be.

To a certain degree we have no real appreciable difference in our day, of the types of challeneges that they had in biblical times. Sure, the situation surrounding the challenges have changed, but we still have the same type of issues.

We need to live, we need food and water. We have relationships with others. We are married, single, and celibate. We are employers, and employees, business people, governors, or govern-ees if you will. We have Celebrations and pains, people live and people die. There is good and evil in the world. In the end it all comes down to how it is that you live your life…the choices that you make.

 

In this portion of the beatitudes, we are told that the clean or pure of heart will see God. How is it then, that we have clean hearts particularly with all the challenges we face on a daily basis.

In part, the answer lies in the Psalms. In Psalm 73 is some of the clues.

” But, as for me, my feet had almost stumbled;

my steps had nearly slipped,

3 Because I was envious of the arrogant

when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

4 For they suffer no pain;

their bodies are healthy and sleek.

5 They are free of the burdens of life;

they are not afflicted like others.

6 Thus pride adorns them as a necklace;

violence clothes them as a robe.

7 Out of such blindness comes sin;

evil thoughts flood their hearts.

8 They scoff and spout their malice;

from on high they utter threats.

9 They set their mouths against the heavens,

their tongues roam the earth.

10 So my people turn to them

and drink deeply of their words.

11 They say, “Does God really know?”

“Does the Most High have any knowledge?”

12 Such, then, are the wicked,

always carefree, increasing their wealth. ”

 

Take careful note that one of the lessons here in this Psalm is that in the very

beginning Asaph, who is the origin of this Psalm, writes, that he is first noting the struggle that he has within. Much like each of us who try to walk the path of

faith we are challenged, and we fall, and we stumble..

What’s more, he then proceeds to share with us all the places he stumbled.. and you can also see in his writing the struggle he feels as he works through these challenges knowing in his heart that he needs to be free of these feelings.

Which of us does not struggle this way ?… In verse 10 where he says ,

” and my people drink of their words”. Look around the world today and see

where the people are who are lost, who “drink” the words of the world that spurn

the world forward moving through the sin of abortion, euthanasia, drugs, violence, and ever other imaginable evil that plagues us.

These were the challenges even before Christ came into the world and yet here we are thousands of years later, and we still have not learned these simple lessons.

We have not advanced in pushing these sins out of our lives. So the question remains.

It is in the struggles, and in the challenges, that is the furnace, where the metal of our souls are tempered and formed into souls worthy of the name.

Ad Majorem Gloria Dei !

May God give you the gift of His peace !

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One Response to “Blessed are the Clean of Heart…”

  1. allison hinde Says:

    I think it is very fascinating and gives points for us to ponder.

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