Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God
by Joshua - Ashish Macwan
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Being pure hearted means living by the rule of God, living a life that is pleasing to God and Living for the purpose of God, having a single-minded devotion to God. A person who is pure in heart is one who speaks truth in his heart”; or “one who speaks truth [that is] in his heart.” This apparently refers to formulating a truthful statement in one’s mind and then honestly revealing that statement in one’s speech. To be simple and specific it means that a person’s words and action comply with each other and he/she isn’t different in words and actions.
While teaching to the multitudes Christ clarified to the people of Israel that although they might be keeping the Law of Moses and doing all the rituals and serve the God, yet they could not see God Firstly because they failed to understand, recognize and follow Lord’s motive in introducing the Law, which was justice, mercy, and faithfulness! Secondly when gifts and sacrifices were offered it could not perfect the conscience of the worshiper; Although the people kept the Law their heart wasn’t cleansed from their sins: For the blood of bulls and goats could not take away sins of the people of Israel; and because of it the people of Israel could not serve the Lord God Almighty with a pure heart. Thirdly, the Israelites failed to practice what was been preached to them for they kept the Law just for the sake of keeping and not with a reverential fear towards God neither being motivated by love, compassion, mercy and justice; rather through Law they became judgmental, condemning, self- righteous and boastful.
The heart represents the will; here it plots evil schemes. The heart is capable of evil schemes (Gen 6:5); the heart that does this is deceitful (Prov 12:20; 14:22). Bible declares “Heart is the Wicked of all” and out of the heart flows the evil schemes and evil ideas of doing immoral things, to rob, kill, commit adultery, be greedy, and do all sorts of evil things; deceit, indecency, jealousy, pride, anger, slander, and folly- all these evil things come from inside a person and make him unclean. (Mark 7: 20-23)
Christ prophetically pronounced blessings to the pure in heart for He knew that no one is declared righteous before him by the works of the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin and apart from the law the righteousness of God is going to be disclosed namely, the righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Him for all who will believe in Him. For there is no distinction, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But they were going to be justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Him. God was going to publicly display him at his death as the mercy seat accessible through faith. This was to demonstrate God’s righteousness, because God in his forbearance had passed over the sins previously committed. This was also to demonstrate his righteousness in the future time, so that he would be just and the justifier of the one who lives because of Jesus’ faithfulness.
Although it is impossible for us to have a pure heart in and of ourselves, we can have a pure heart by the grace of God. What is impossible for man is possible for God. A pure heart is a gift from God, and it comes by a new birth, by a new creation, and by the Spirit living in us.
God had promised in the Old Testament through the prophet Jeremiah, “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts” and “I will give them singleness of heart and action”. This was finally fulfilled in and through Jesus Christ, Who makes us a new creation with a new heart.
There are ways we can maintain the purity of our heart, and one of the most primary is our time in the Word of God. As the psalmist said, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word” and, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you”.
A second way to maintain the purity of our heart is through fellowship with the people of God. It helps to be accountable to one another. Solomon said: Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10) That is why the author of the Book of Hebrews exhorts us, “Let us consider how we can spur one another on toward love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24).
Thirdly, we can train our heart for pure living by doing the works of God. As we are involved in His service and as God uses us for the blessing of others, we are encouraged towards our devotion to God and to keeping our hearts morally pure.
A pure heart loves, believes, honors, abides, fear the Lord Almighty and confides in His Word. A pure heart is cleansed, purified and filled with the Spirit of God with an ultimate goal to do the will of God and thereby bring glory, honor and praise to the Lord Almighty.
Let us ask God to cleanse and purify us in the Holy blood of His Son Christ Jesus so that we may have the forgiveness of our sins and our conscience be clarified so that we can serve God with the pureness of our heart – A heart in which Christ enjoys the Lordship and His word constantly as Lamp and Light keeps on guiding, counseling and directing our lives for His glory alone for then only shall we be able to see God; our God demands from us the purity of our hearts for without it no one be able to see, hear and have fellowship with God and with others.
Remember friends, Bible declares, “All is pure to those who are pure. But to those who are corrupt and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They profess to know God but with their deeds they deny him, since they are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good deed.”
For blessed are those who observe his rules, and seek him with all their heart who, moreover, do no wrong, but follow in his footsteps.
Now to the one who is able to keep you from falling, and to cause you to stand, rejoicing, without blemish before his glorious presence, to the only God our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority, before all time, and now, and for all eternity. Amen.
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