Reflect: Beatitudes #6

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."     Matthew 5:9

Purity is a significant theme of the Old Testament, a reflection of God's perfection. The Israelites were given specific instructions on how to make something pure, how to maintain purity, and how to restore purity. It was regular and sometimes full time work.

What do you think it means to be pure of heart? Do practices cause you to feel pure in heart? If so, why? If not, why not? Who comes to mind when you think of "pure in heart"? What is it about that person that causes you to see him/her that way?

The result in the beatitude is to "see God." How do you experience God? Think about times where you feel particularly aware of God's presence or God's work. Is there a connection you can find between those experiences and your understanding of a pure heart?

We encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas. We love comments and conversation!





Jennifer Potter

Jennifer is co-founder and lead pastor of The Other Church. She started this community because of her love of God, faith, and diversity of community which she could not find elsewhere. In addition to serving as pastor, she is a chaplain at a local hospital. She does life with her spouse, Jeremy. They have two hilarious and brilliant children. Isaac is grown and lives in NY. Liv is nearly grown and off to college soon.