In Matthew 5:8, Jesus says, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” In these eleven words, we learn much about those who will go to Heaven and thereby see God. The verse begins with “Blessed.” This word, means “Happy.” This is sometimes referred to as a “Beatitude.” It is a “Be Attitude.” In other words, it is an attitude to have and a disposition to possess. We should possess the disposition of being “pure in heart.” Happy then Jesus says are those who are pure in heart. These receive blessings from God including all of the spiritual blessings that are found in Christ (Ephesians 1:3) along with physical blessings. 

What does it mean to be pure? A person must be free of corrupt desire. Also, a person must be sincere and free from guilt and sin. Philippians 1:9-11 says, “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” 

My friends, let us live each day as if it were our last. Let us put God First. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” The only way we can do this is if we have the Mind of Christ. Certainly, our Lord and Savior was Pure in Heart, and so should it be with us. 

Verse 11 of II Corinthians Chapter 13 instructs us, “Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” We are to have one mind. This one Mind is the Mind of Christ. I Corinthians 2:16 tells us, “But we have the mind of Christ.” Everything that we think, say, and do must be authorized in the New Testament Scriptures. Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” The only way that we can make sure that everything we think, say, and do is authorized in the New Testament Scriptures is if we do as verse 16 of this same Chapter says, and that is, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” We must study and obey God’s Word each and every day (James 1:21-27). 

I Peter 2:21-24 says, “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” This is the ultimate meaning of what it means to have a pure heart. If we follow in our Savior’s wonderful example, our hearts will be pure. Let us follow Him every day!

Jason Gann