Summary: The Beatitudes: Building Blocks to Be Like Jesus #6
✎ Your heart will have beat an average of 122,400 times every day. None of us want our heart to ask for a vacation or take a day off; we don’t even want to give it a short “coffee break” to skip a few beats. Doctors understand the heart is critically important to our physical well-being; it is so important doctors have developed the 10 commandments for heart attack prevention.
1. Thou shalt stop smoking.
2. Thou shalt control thy blood pressure.
3. Thou shalt reduce dietary cholesterol.
4. Thou shalt reduce dietary saturated fat.
5. Thou shalt reduce dietary sodium.
6. Thou shalt loose thy apple shaped fat distribution.
7. Thou shalt increase time to relax.
8. Thou shalt increase soluble fiber.
9. Thou shalt eat fish three times a week.
10. Thou shalt increase aerobic exercise.
The same principle holds true in our spiritual lives the condition of our heart impacts every area of our lives. Your heart is not just the physical organ pumping blood throughout your body. The heart is the center of your innermost emotions and feeling; the heart is your soul, the center and essence of life. Just as a body is lifeless without the beating of the heart, so too spiritually without the heart life stops. THE HEART IS “THE STUFF OF LIFE.”
Today we continue with our series, “The Beatitudes, Building Blocks to be like Jesus. In the sixth beatitude Jesus says, “Blessed are the pure in heart.” Jesus is not talking about a physical heart free from the defects caused by excess cholesterol, saturated fat, or sodium.
However, before we find out what Jesus does mean in this sixth beatitude, someone tell me what two things should we remember about the beatitudes? What do I never want you to forget whenever you read Jesus opening statements of the Sermon on the Mount?
1. These are the “BE-ATTITUDES,” the building blocks, the attitudes, characteristics and qualities essential to being Christlike. Theses are not eight unrelated statements. The beatitudes show us how we are to live our lives just like Jesus.
2. These are essential qualities of joy or what I have called PARADOXICAL STATEMENTS OF JOY. If you want to have real happiness not dependant upon your circumstances you need to put the beatitudes into practice in your life. Nine times Jesus repeats the statement “BLESSED.” You are most happy, most joyful when live your life like Jesus.
+ Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (NIV) You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. (MsgB)
1. THE PROMISE.
Let’s start with Jesus promise. What is the blessing for the pure in heart? THEY WILL SEE GOD! Who here today would like to see God? Jesus says you can!
Each of the beatitudes are pretty straight forward about the blessing or promise we can receive. As the qualities and characteristics of Christ are developed in our lives, Jesus promises specific blessings we will receive.
What do the poor in spirit receive? The Kingdom of God.
How about those who mourn? They will be comforted.