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Purity in Heart

"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God" (Matt. 5:8). Two stupendous principles underlie this searching utterance. The first is that heart-purity is the essential condition to the reception of a divine revelation. God can reveal himself more readily to the pure in heart than to the mi... Read More

Righteous Indignation

"Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth" (Matt. 5:5). It is absurd to deplore the possession of a fiery temper. The temper of Moses was, to the end of his days, one of the secrets of his strength. Aaron and the idolaters trembled when, in a fit of holy wrath, Moses broke the two tabl... Read More

Spirit of Peace

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God" (Matt. 5:9). The world will see in the peacemaker a softened, hallowed mirroring of the divine glory "He gives offense to none, even when fiercely provoked," men will say; "he takes offense from none, even when directly insu... Read More

The Church is Persecuted

"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 5:10). Indeed, he had his whole Church in mind--the Church of all times and of all climes. For the eighth beatitude includes us all. It would be a thousand pities to confine its scope to those... Read More

The Evidence of Christ

"Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake" (Matt. 5:11). The persecuted are blessed by reason of the factors that led to their persecution. They have been permitted to see truth to which other eyes were blind. The... Read More

The Heart That Mourns

"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted" (Matt. 5:4). Blessed are they that mourn! the Saviour says; and I think that I begin to understand him. "Blessed are those who feel" he seems to say. The tendency is to become insensitive. We get used to things. Our susceptibilities become s... Read More

The Throne of Purity

"Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts..." (Ps. 51:6). The heart is the throne; and on the throne Purity must reign supreme. The will--so difficult to control--must yield unreserved allegiance to Purity's beneficent rule. The imagination--so hard to confine--must no longer deck the mind wi... Read More

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