“Blessed [anticipating God’s presence, spiritually mature] are the pure in heart  [those with integrity, moral courage, and godly character], for they will see God.

 Read Matthew 5:1-12 In the Amplified Bible

What does the word ‘Purity’ conjure up in your mind?

Perhaps it is the idea of a pure substance, pure gold, pure sugar, or pure water. That is, containing nothing else by way of impurity.

Maybe it speaks to you of a person’s character; a good, clean, upright living, morally unblemished person. The word is sometimes used to describe an experience – ‘that was pure joy’.

I like the additional words that the Amplified Bible puts in brackets to get us thinking in the right direction; integrity, moral courage, and godly character. If you keep those words in mind as we read through this week you will get the right idea as to what Jesus is talking about.


When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and when He was seated, His disciples came to Him. Then He began to teach them, saying,

“Blessed [spiritually prosperous, happy, to be admired] are the poor in spirit [those devoid of spiritual arrogance, those who regard themselves as insignificant], for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].

“Blessed [forgiven, refreshed by God’s grace] are those who mourn [over their sins and repent], for they will be comforted [when the burden of sin is lifted].

“Blessed [inwardly peaceful, spiritually secure, worthy of respect] are the gentle [the kind-hearted, the sweet-spirited, the self-controlled], for they will inherit the earth.

“Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [those who actively seek right standing with God], for they will be [completely] satisfied.

“Blessed [content, sheltered by God’s promises] are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

“Blessed [anticipating God’s presence, spiritually mature] are the pure in heart [those with integrity, moral courage, and godly character], for they will see God.

“Blessed [spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s favour] are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His character and] be called the sons of God.

10 “Blessed [comforted by inner peace and God’s love] are those who are persecuted for [c]doing that which is morally right, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven [both now and forever].

11 “Blessed [morally courageous and spiritually alive with life-joy in God’s goodness] are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil things against you because of [your association with] Me. 12 Be glad and exceedingly joyful, for your reward in heaven is great [absolutely inexhaustible]; for in this same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Monday 26th October The Hub Daily Notes