The pure in heart are happy; for they shall see God. Here holiness and happiness are fully described and put together. The heart must be purified by faith, and kept for God. Create in me such a clean heart, O God. None but the pure are capable of seeing God, nor would heaven be happiness to the impure. As God cannot endure to look upon their iniquity, so they cannot look upon his purity.
Those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake are happy. This saying is peculiar to Christianity; and it is more largely insisted upon than any of the rest. Yet there is nothing in our sufferings that can merit of God; but God will provide that those who lose for him, though life itself, shall not lose by him in the end. Blessed Jesus! how different are thy maxims from those of men of this world! They call the proud happy, and admire the gay, the rich, the powerful, and the victorious. May we find mercy from the Lord; may we be owned as his children, and inherit his kingdom. With these enjoyments and hopes, we may cheerfully welcome low or painful circumstances.
Heavenly Father, hear these words and grant us your patience so we may find our way on the narrow path you have provided. Bring us discernment that we would know your comments and interpret them with us as you have set them before us. Lord bring us to your walk; guide us, so we are walking in your light and only in your presence. Fill us with righteousness that we may stand against all temptations to veer from this narrow path. Bring us under your wings, Father, comfort shield, and nurture us like your children. This we pray in Yeshua’s name, Amen and Amen.
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