Beatitudes: The Happiness That Nobody Wants – The Pure in Heart – Part 2

“Matt. 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

This beatitude puts the heart in its proper place, in the center of our life. We learn that to have a pure heart we need God’s action in our lives. There is no pure heart without God’s work.

But this Beatitude has more to teach us about a pure heart. Let us take a look.

2 – A PURE HEART DEVELOPS THROUGH SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES

The next thing that we should learn is that a pure heart develops through spiritual disciplines. This is the way to keep the new heart that we received in Christ, clean and pure.

  1. Through Confession – When we recognize that we did something that is against God’s law, we come before Him and confess our sins, our shortcomings, and mistakes

This is what the Bible says about that:

“Heb. 9:14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!”

Confession will keep our hearts pure.

  • Through Meditation and the Word – To maintain our clean minds we need to read and meditate in the Word of the Lord.

This is what David said in the Old Testament:

“Psa. 19:14 May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” 

And this is what Jesus said to the disciples:

“John 15:3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.”

We need to feed our minds/hearts with the word of God.

  • Through Right Attitudes – Right attitudes and actions are crucial to keep our hearts pure. In his letter to Timothy Paul tells him how to keep his heart pure:

“2Tim. 2:22 Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 

Paul says:

  1. Flee the evil desires of youth
    1. Pursue righteousness
    1. Pursue faith
    1. Pursue love
    1. Pursue peace

3 – A PURE HEART BRINGS US CLOSE TO GOD

Finally, we must learn that a pure heart will bring us close to God. In the beatitude Jesus says this:

“Matt. 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

They will see God. They will be so close that they will be able to contemplate God Himself.

In the Old Testament the Psalmist says the same thing in a different way:

“Psa. 24:3-4 Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.” 

He asks who will get close to God? The answer is, those who have clean hands and a pure heart.

King David was not the most perfect person in the Old Testament. He had many character flaws and did many evil and wrong things. But he had a desire to do right and to be right with God, and God appreciated that, and sought him for that:

“1Sam. 13:14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.” 

We should have the same desire that David had:

Psa. 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

May God help us to develop a pure heart.

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Lucas

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