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  • Writer's pictureCarolyn Elson

A Heart That is Pure

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8 ESV

We are nearing the end of the beatitudes; can you believe it? Our beatitude this week has a unique phrase in it, the pure in heart. What does it mean to be pure in heart, and what does it mean that they will see God?

When Jesus mentions the pure in heart, any Jew at the time would have perked right up. The word used for heart (in Greek) describes the physical heart and the spiritual center of one’s being, or the inner-self where thoughts, desires, and feelings reside. Their minds would have thought of Psalm 51 verse 10, “Create in me a pure heart…”, the same word in the Hebrew language.

“Being pure in heart involves having a singleness of heart toward God. A pure heart has no hypocrisy, no guile, no hidden motives.”* Marked by transparency, its desire is to please God in all things.

The second part of this beatitude says that the pure in heart will see God. This is the promise to those who are “pure in heart.” Bible scholars aren’t all in agreement with the meaning, but this promise is two-fold. Here is what I mean; first, it is a future promise that we will see God when we enter heaven.

The second is seeing God in the here and now, or in other words experiencing him through his felt presence or seeing him working in our lives. Christ came to give us life abundantly and to give us an experiential relationship with him.

The question here is how can we truly know we are pure of heart? The only way is to give our lives to Jesus and ask Him to do the cleansing work our hearts need. Creating a clean heart ourselves is something we can’t do on our own. We look to Jesus, who has already done the work of reconciling us through his death on the cross, and we accept what he has done for us.

I pray you will invite Jesus into your life to begin the process of a pure heart so someday both you and I will see him face to face.

*Definition is taken “What does it mean to be pure in heart?:” Got Questions Ministries Copyright 2002-2021

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