“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8 ESV
In this world it almost comes natural to pay more attention to outward appearances rather than the cleanliness of our hearts. From this beatitude, we can see Jesus’s concern with our hearts—it is simply not enough to clean up our act on the outside. The heart is what we are…our thoughts, our feelings, and the deepest part of our souls, where only God can truly see. What we are on our outward appearance matters just as much as our inward appearance. From the heart are all issues of life, like it says in Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?”
So if we are that wicked, how can we be pure in heart? Our hearts will never be fully clean because of our fallen nature, yet every day we should strive for holiness and repeatedly fall at the feet of Jesus. The aim of a pure heart is to align everything we do with God’s word and have it magnify throughout our lives, striving to become more like Christ and less of ourselves. We need to take the things in our lives driving us away from Christ, and pray humbly that He will save us from our wicked ways.
The heart is utterly crucial to Jesus. He cares about the deep, private closets in our lives. Jesus did not die on the cross simply because we have a few bad habits that need to be changed. He died because we have such dirty hearts that need to be purified, and the only way to truly purify them is through faith in Him.
Create a clean heart in me, God. I pray I strive for holiness, pureness, and the Truth in Your word. Help me to examine my own heart, and show me the sin in my life.
In what ways can you strive to be pure in heart? Finish reading the rest of the beatitudes.