"Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, beside Lake Galilee. Then Jesus began preaching." (Matt 4:13,17)

5. “Merciful…? Pure In Heart…? – Be Glad!” – Jesus

Matthew 5:7
“Blessed are the merciful,
for they will receive mercy.”
8″Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.”

“Will you rescue me? Can I trust you?”
Mercy and purity are not qualities that people especially value – until they are in trouble or are in terrible suffering. When life is painful, what more could we want than a friend whose heart is filled with merciful compassion and whose motives are pure? Merciful compassion and purity are the qualities of God. In God’s great mercy, he stretches out his hand to us in our pain, sin and suffering. Through the Lord Jesus, he offers us rescue and restoration. As we experience God’s merciful compassion and understand his purity, we are called to be like him – to be merciful and pure as he is. Life that is lived like this is life in all its fullness. Knowing and following the Lord Jesus is to live life the best possible way, to be truly satisfied, to be richly blessed. And Jesus tells us that if we live like this, merciful and pure, not only are we living the blessed life, but we will change the world – being its salt and light!

Heavenly Father, make us the people you want us to be, merciful and pure, that know your blessing and be salt and light in our world. In Jesus’ name. Amen

David Williams

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