“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8 ESV)
Growing up as child this is the beatitude I heard a lot times at church times.
Who are the pure in heart?
The pure in heart are those that pursue righteousness and holiness. The pure in heart is purified by faith, this heart is cleansed from bad and evil desires by the blood of Christ and the heart is circumcised to love God with all their heart, all their soul, strength and mind with reference to Luke 10:27
Traits of the pure heart
This pure heart do not abhor evil in their heart or unforgiveness in their heart, the pure in heart are poor in spirit, they mourn, they thirsty and hunger for righteousness, merciful towards others and etc. Basically the traits of the pure in heart can be found in all the beatitudes.
For they shall see God, Dr Grant, C. Richison writes;
“Seeing God here means fellowship with God. This is seeing now in time. If we commit to unadulterated devotion to knowing God, we will fellowship with Him. One who sees God is without a divided self, a person of singleness of heart. This requires exacting self-assessment.
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. Jn 14:23
The direct interpretation probably refers to seeing God in the Messiah.
PRINCIPLE: Those with a single-minded heart for God will experience fellowship with Him.
APPLICATION: Purity in heart has to do with integrity of personhood. This person operates with unmixed motives. Purity of heart commits to one purpose; it does not allow any mixture of purpose.
A pure heart and a clean heart are not the same. God cleansed our hearts when we accepted the finished work on the cross to forgive us of all sin—past, present, and future. However, a pure heart does not allow itself to be diverted by things outside God’s will. It does not concern itself with outside options but with clarity of purpose in pleasing God.
Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. Ps 86:11
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Sa 16:7
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Mt 6:24
And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction. 1 Co 7:35″