Pure in Heart
Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8)
The purity that Jesus referred to is so much more than a mere outward show of religiosity. For purity to exist, it must flow from our innermost being and command the very core of our personality.
When we have a pure heart, living our lives in a way pleasing to the Father becomes our central concern.
Kathryn Kuhlman once shared that she often said in prayer:
“Lord, if there is anything in me You don’t want, just take it out and kill it.”
That’s really what it is to be pure in heart: a passion to be pure before the Lord and live a holy life. We hunger for holiness when we say, “Lead me closer to you, Lord.” This passion for purity is really a manifestation of gratitude to God.
I believe R.T. Kendall is right when he observes, “Holy living is a way of saying, ‘Thank You, Lord, for saving my soul.’” Those who are pure in heart enjoy the special kind of prosperity that comes from seeing God. The apostle John declared in John 1:18:
“No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.”
Thus, the pure in heart are blessed with a “face-to-face” intimacy with God through the Lord Jesus now, and the blessing of standing before Him in eternity.