A godly and biblically-based devotional to help people with their faith and confidence; to encourage, educate, and inform. Come everyday for inspiration. Almost everybody is going through something and you can get through it with Jesus. I am a witness to that fact. Never give up on the great blessings God already has lined up for you. Jeremiah 29:11 says, 'He knows the plans He has for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'
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The Pure in Heart
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God" (Matthew 5:8).
The pure in heart deals with how someone truly is inside. Pure in heart people don't put themselves above others, they don't put others down, they're not showoffs, and they don't keep others from "entering heaven" by being rude and demeaning to those who are trying to see Jesus, They are humble servants of Christ -- that which He honors (Matthew 23:12-14).But the Pharisees were another story. They were just the opposite. In Matthew 23:1-3 "Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: The Pharisees and the teachers of the law are experts in the law of Moses. So obey everything they teach you, but don’t do as they do. After all, they say one thing and do something else." Clearly, they weren't pure in heart, so they didn't "see" Jesus. They were judgmental and condescending to anyone they thought was doing wrong or not following the law even though they themselves were far from perfect.
On the other hand, Jesus was the model, the one pure in heart people saw. Jesus didn't condemn people. And He was open, accepting, and forgiving towards anyone who at least desired a pure heart.
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