- Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy, (v. 7).
To be merciful is to show forgiveness and compassion to those in need. We must forgive our debtors, as God forgive us of our debts (Matt. 6:12). We are blessed if, we are merciful, because mercy is something God Himself displays. In fact, our salvation is an act of God’s mercy. He saved us not because of the righteous things we have done, but because of His mercy (Titus 3:5).
- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God, (v. 8).
The word “pure” means to be “clean, blameless, and unstained from guilt.” Pure can also refer to that which is purified by fire or by pruning. Those who are truly pure, are those who have been declared innocent, because of the work of Jesus; and those who are being sanctified by His refining fire and His pruning, (Mal.3:2-3).
“Heart” refers to the spiritual center of life. Our thoughts, desires, purpose and will, even our character reside in our heart. To be pure in heart is an internal purity of soul. Being pure in heart involves having a singleness of heart toward God. A pure heart has no hypocrisy, guile or hidden motives. The pure heart is marked by transparency and an uncompromising desire to please God in all things.
When we ask Jesus to come into our heart and create a clean and steadfast heart in us we are inviting Him to purify our heart (Ps. 51:10). God makes our heart pure by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and through His sanctifying work in our lives (1 John 3:1-3).
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God, (v.9).
Jesus laid down his life to make peace between God and sinners, and when we can carry that message of peace to others, we are “peacemakers.” God reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18). Those who bring reconciliation to broken relationships are carrying on the work of Jesus Christ.
There is no real peace apart from a relationship with God (Rom. 5:1). True peace is found only in a restored relationship with God. Only God’s children can bring the peace of knowing God to others. Having a relationship with God is the most important relationship a person can have.
- Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, (v. 10).
To the unbelieving world righteous living condemns their wicked lives and fills them with wrath. By this saints are exposed to the rage and persecution of the ungodly, and are persecuted for preaching, embracing and maintaining the doctrine of justification by righteousness of Christ, which is contrary to their carnal and selfish principles. Yet the saints, though abused and misused, are happy because we are blessed to serve God.
2 Timothy 3:12 says, “Everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.”
Jesus clearly said, “Whoever wants to be my disciples must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me,” (Luke 9:23).
He also told us, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you,” (John 15:18-19).
Blessed are they who, in spite of persecution, dare to be righteous, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. This is the reward promised to the poor in spirit. It is the proper portion for those who suffer persecution. “You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Therefore, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven,” (Matt. 5:13-16).