A Week in Beatitudes: Matthew 5:7-9
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
New King James Version (NKJV)
“Great blessings belong to those who show mercy to others. Mercy will be given to them. Great blessings belong to those whose thoughts are pure. They will be with God. Great blessings belong to those who work to bring peace. God will call them his sons and daughters.”
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
We all benefit from God's mercy. If God were not merciful, He would have probably shut down this popsicle stand long ago. Instead, God sent His only Son so that we could be reconciled to Him and by this gift of grace none would perish but have the opportunity for everlasting life. Following Christ shows us the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). This is not because we deserve it, but because of God's mercy. This act of love should give us pause as we deal with other people. Along with loving us first, God was also first to show us mercy. He blesses us with more mercy when we are merciful to those we think do not deserve our mercy. This takes a pure heart and what Jesus said blesses us next.
One translation refers to the heart as needing to be pure and the other refers to thoughts being pure. Unfortunately, evil thoughts begin in the heart of humanity (Mark 7:20). Practicing purity in our hearts and thoughts blesses us with peace within ourselves and helps us in peacemaking with others. It's all about love. If we are blessed to be called children of God, we must love Him and everyone He created in His image. We are to bring peace not discord, with pure hearts and minds that extend the same mercy to others we have been given. God is the Creator of us all and He sent His Son to save everyone. Our task as believers is to share this truth with others.
"But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." Matthew 5:44-45 NIV