The Pure In Heart

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The heart is a crucial part of the human body. It is the center of the circulatory system and is responsible for pumping blood around the body. Doctors’ advise us to take care of our hearts, to eat well and exercise because when the heart stops, one is no more. God also tells us to take care of our hearts, here, He does not refer to the physical heart, He is referring to who we are when no one is watching, our inner motives, our character, our choices, what we do in secret. God is concerned about the state of our hearts, because it influences the rest of our bodies. He says that it is not enough to clean up the outside yet the inside is dirty.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, so that the outside may become clean as well.” (Matthew 23:25) 

Jesus warns against looking good and clean on the outside, yet your heart is a mess. A pure heart is not two-faced, it is not hypocritical, it is not looking out for earthly desires. Instead, a pure heart is loyal and submissive to God, no matter the circumstances. It does not belong to someone who sins not, but someone who is repentant, yearns and desires to live right in the eyes of God. There are promises that come with a pure heart, we are not promised earthly riches and miracles, we are promised to see God. We shall ascend the mountain of God and stand in His Holy Place, if we have clean hands and a pure heart, if we don’t trust in idols and swear by false gods. (Psalm 24:3-4)

Seeing God means being in His presence, being with Him, not at a distance, not talk about Him, but have an appointment with him. Seeing God is being filled and surrounded by His glory. It means seeing God at work in your life. That is a blessing, being able to commune with God, able to fellowship with Him. The above psalm goes on to say. ‘Lift up your heads, you gates;  be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.’ The King of glory desires to come into a clean heart, a renewed spirit. You don’t go somewhere to see God, you have to be someone to see God.

Maybe you have been painting beautiful colour over a black heart, being confident because no one sees the darkness, spending time hiding who you really are. Woe to you! Jesus compares this with a whitewashed tomb, looking so beautiful on the outside yet the inside is filled with dead bones. Be reminded that God is more concerned about your heart, lift up the mask and work on the purity of your heart, allow God work through you, and help you first to clean up the inside. If your heart is dirty, then the entire body is dirty, no matter how beautiful it looks on the outside. Stop focusing on the outside, the blessing relies on the inside.


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