“ Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)
At some point in life, we each have to
decide what is the highest joy in life?
What delights us and what directs us?
Generally speaking, children find their delight in what they have; youth in what they do; and adults in what they are.
The first live for possessions, the second for experiences, and the third for character.
If our life is to be rich and meaningful, then our joys must be in the highest possible.
Jesus tells us that the highest joy possible is to see God.
Jesus tells us that if we are to see God, we must be pure in heart.
What is the heart?
The heart is our inner being. The core of our character.
The area that controls who we are and what we do. (Proverbs 4:23) tells us, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
The Pharisees tried to please God, but they ignored the heart and majored on outward action.
Jesus is telling us that we must change from the inward. We must change our hearts. If we change our hearts, our outward action will change.
Jeremiah tells us, “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?” (Jeremiah 17:9)
The first step toward seeing God is to admit that my heart is sinful and I cannot see God unless my heart is changed.
Then ask Jesus into your heart and He will change your heart so that you can see God.
What is pure of heart?
When the heart is pure, then the vision is clear and we can see God. Pure in heart is being single minded.
“Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.” (James 4:8)
To be pure in heart, God must be our greatest delight and the one who directs our lives.
Jesus tells us, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)