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"Pure in Heart" (posted May 1, 2006)
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
- Matthew 5:8
What does it mean to be pure in heart? Often we think of morality or goodness, but purity carries a distinct quality with it. That quality is singularity. In order to say, "I have a glass of pure water," what else can be in the glass with the water? Nothing. Jesus is speaking of the spiritual condition of our hearts, the center of our affections. So when He blesses the pure in heart, He is approving of a heart that is undivided in its affections. Our heart is to be full of one thing; that one thing is Christ.
If you have accepted God's free gift of salvation, then you have Christ in your heart. However, to have water in the glass is a different thing than to have pure water in the glass. Daily, the pollution of the world seeks to land in our glass of water, poisoning our hearts and leaving less room for Christ.
How do we go about filling our hearts with only Christ? First, the glass must be emptied and cleaned. Although this took place at salvation, we must be continually watchful for any distraction or impurity that may creep into our hearts. Then, "if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). The heart is now prepared to be filled with Christ, who is our Life (Colossians 3:4).
The blessing pronounced for the pure in heart is that they shall see God. What could be a greater blessing for one whose heart is filled only and completely with Christ? In fact, a Christ-filled heart fosters hope, and hope magnifies the desire for purity: "Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure" (1 John 3:3).