Who Are The Pure In Heart? is post 6 in the Beatitude Series from Matthew 5 helping us to understand the reasons God expects us to have clean, undefiled hearts.
Blessed are the pure in heart,Matthew 5:8
For they shall see God.
May you experience the tangible presence of God when reading this article.
Who Are The Pure In Heart?
This is the first Beatitude where Jesus promises those who fulfill the condition to receive the reward of seeing God.
Upon considering the previous Beatitudes, I am sure you will agree with me that when we can master the virtue of having a pure heart, we will automatically possess all the other characteristics that God expects His children to have.
What Is A Pure Heart?
Keep your heart with all diligence,Proverbs 4:23
For out of it spring the issues of life.
To be pure in heart we have to protect it because our fruits and actions spring from our hearts.
When we resist everything in our hearts that we know is not pure, and not from God many hidden sins like hate, bitterness, jealousy, greed, unforgiveness, etc. can be prevented.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.Philippians 4:8
This is easier said than done, I know it very well.
It is anything but a natural response to think about these virtues when others are mean to you.
This is also something that cannot be camouflaged or faked on our outside appearance, God sees and knows our thoughts, intentions, and what we carry in our hearts.
How To Have A Clean Heart
Create in me a clean heart, O God,Psalm 51:10
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psalm 51 was composed by David where he confessed to God his adultery with Barseba and the murder of her husband.
This is a beautiful Psalm to pray for when you need to confess sins to God.
To be pure in heart might seem like an impossible virtue to acquire, but like so many of the other Beatitudes, it is a new mindset and habit we need to form.
When we ask God to help us to be sensitive to the whisper of His Holy Spirit He will guide us and light the path on our spiritual journey we need to follow to see Him.
God looks at and deals with each of us individually.
We can never try to compromise being pure with the actions of others, trying to justify our defiled behavior.
I love the passage in John 21:21-22 where Peter asked Jesus what about John when Jesus told Peter to follow Him.
Jesus simply replied by telling him in simple words not to worry about John: “What is it to you? You, follow Me!”
We cannot expect to stand before God’s throne asking Him about what others had done to us, He will deal with them, it is none of our business.
What God is interested in is how pure, translucent, and undefiled our own hearts are before Him.
He is indeed telling us: “No, not them, you, what about yourself?”
Not only will the pure in heart be blessed, but they will be rewarded to see God.
Let’s Get Practical:
Promise: When we are pure in heart, we can be sure that we will see God (Matthew 5:8).
Prayer points: That God will create in us clean hearts and produce a fresh honorable, dedicated spirit within us (Psalm 51:10), and will remove our hearts of stone and place a new heart and spirit within us, giving us a heart of flesh (Ezekiel 36:26).
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