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Devotional Readings from Martin Luther: Through Faith Alone,
CPH 1999.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Matt. 5:6-9

It's very important for believers to have a pure heart that follows God. They need to do this on the basis of God's pure and holy Word. What reward will they have? What has God promised to those who have pure thoughts? We are told, "They will see God." Surely this is wonderful--an excellent treasure! But what does it mean to "see God?" Some people have their own ideas about how to see God. They crouch in a corner, lift their thoughts toward heaven, and engage in a life of idle speculation. Is this any way to try to see God? They use their own ideas to try to stroll into God's presence. They try to climb up to heaven under their own power. They insist on using their own intellect to figure out everything about God and His Word. However, if you believe that Christ is your Savior, you'll soon realize that you have a gracious God. Faith leads you to heaven and lets you see inside of God's heart. There, you will get a glimpse of his infinite kindness and love. This is what it really means to "see God." You can't physically see Him with your eyes because no one can see God in this life. Instead, you see God by faith.

May God grant us that faith.

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