If you haven’t read part 1, you probably should do that first. It’s here, and in addition to meditating on the first several beatitudes, it explains what I’m doing, which is essentially trying to hear from God as to what He’d like to say to me about this passage.
Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, because they will see God.
Pureness is a state of being pared down to the essentials. Pure silver is argentum and nothing else. The pure heart has love and nothing besides. Hatred pollutes the heart. No one who pollutes his heart can see Me. The pollution prevents him. Sin blinds his eyes and cripples his spiritual senses. This is why man, in his fallen state, cannot experience Me.
I see all men in their eternal state. This is the true state–the lasting state. Some are destined for glory; others for shrinking away into that non-place of agony and the absence of all things good. For their rejection of light, darkness is left to them; for their displeasure with purity and goodness, only evil remains–and evil is nothing without goodness to besmirch.
The pure in heart has all things, and I AM all things. My heart is purity, goodness, strength, joy, and I place a new heart within you–a pure heart that is heart of My own heart–a pure heart that calls out to and has its being in Me. That is why the pure in heart see Me because I dwell within them and all around them. My purity is Love, and I AM Love. The pure in heart see and know Me in love.
Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, because they will be called sons of God.”
I am the One with whom peace must be made. You make your peace with Me when you answer My call–when you die to the old kingdom–the kingdom of this world. You make peace in only one way, and that is by submitting to death–death to sin, death to self, death to your own ways, your own paths, your own life.
If you will surrender, then you will have peace–and only then. My Son, My only begotten Son, the first among many brethren, is your trailblazer, the pathmaker who cut through the wilderness to open your path to peace. Through His death, you also died, and through His life, you also live. My daughters and sons; you who have made peace with Me have made peace with life, goodness, love, purity–you have come out of all that is not and into all that is. You have become My offspring if you live by the life of My Son.
Matthew 5:10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.”
My Kingdom, My Prince, My Way, is anathema to the prince of this world. He is the one from whom all persecution comes. My Word, alive in you, will always draw his hatred, anger, fear. He will hate you with a pure and deadly hatred, and he will persecute you body and soul. It is by his hand, however, that you learn My pure strength as I keep and deliver you. He would destroy you if he could, but he can only burn out that which can be consumed–wood, hay, stubble. Nothing of Me, nothing of true life, no good thing in you can be destroyed if you cling to Me. Temporal things only can he take.
Your trust must be in Me, your heart set upon Me, all your treasure invested in Me. These things he cannot take from you. Everything else is dross–fodder for the fire. Taking these things out of your life leaves more space for the genuine treasure. My love will sustain you and My kingdom will be your delight forever more. He can only torment you a little while, to your profit, but I will delight you forever as we feast on one another’s love.
This runs along the lines of “perfect love casts out all fear,” something else God’s been talking to me about. Trusting Him is easy as long as life hums along nicely (as it sometimes does–for a little while), but we truly learn obedience by the things we suffer–that is, we learn obedience in situations where obedience is hard, not easy. And we learn trust in situations where things seem to be going badly, not well. Without these unpleasant circumstances, how could we become mature sons and daughters worthy of God? He knows what we need. May we always trust Him.