This is the fourth of a series of five articles on the Beatitudes, which are appearing monthly in the Sentinel.

The Sixth and Seventh Beatitudes

[Of Special Interest to Youth]

"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God." To the disciples, seated on the hillside listening to their Master, this beatitude was full of significance, even as it is to us today. Progress is a continuous and consistent putting off of material beliefs and is essential to the putting on of purity. Such progress is blessed; for with each freer step we visualize more of God and His love.

The thought of any one of Jesus' disciples may have turned to Job, who, in refusing to accept his friends' analysis of his misfortune, had insisted on the fact of his righteousness, and appealed to God's judgment. Job was right; for in his struggle for the solution to his problem there was a great singleness of purpose, which culminated in his demand to talk with God. His purity of purpose was rewarded; he did converse with his Maker, and with the vision of reality which he gained came freedom from bodily plagues, restoration of home, and abundance.

Perhaps some of the disciples may have remembered Naaman, the Syrian, and Elisha, the prophet of Samaria, for it was through the very territory which was to be their outdoor classroom that Naaman, with a great and proud train of retainers, had passed on his way to Samaria, to return later healed of his leprosy and with a childlike heart.

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God Reigneth
July 3, 1943

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