Pure gold, pure silver: what comes to mind when you think of these terms? For many, the idea of pure means that the item in question contains one element. Pure gold is 100% gold. Pure silver is also 100% silver, but what is a pure heart? Would it be safe to say that a pure heart also contains just one thing? To better understand this, the term heart needs to be defined.
Most agree that man’s heart is best understood as his mind, will and emotion. If that is accurate, then we should take earnest heed to The Lord’s warns. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:8) Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. (James 4:8) From these warnings, it can be concluded that a person with a pure heart has a single heart for The Lord and is not double minded.
A person with a pure heart will have actions that are not evil, thoughts that are not evil and emotions that are devoid of evil. Because his heart is single for The Lord, his thoughts, emotions and actions will follow. Examples of this can be seen in the lives of Job and Enoch.
In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly. (Job 1:22)
And Enoch walked with God:and he was not; for God took him. (Genesis 4:24)
The blessing for having a pure heart is to be able to see God. (Matthew 5:8) This cannot mean that the believer will be able to visibly see God face to face, because the scriptures state that man cannot see God and be able to live, (Exodus 33:20) but instead, God will open the scriptures and reveal himself and also manifest his presence to him as they meet together in the quiet place.
Having a pure heart is not accomplished by putting things in or out of the heart, but by spending time with The Lord to where you love and desire him more than anything else. Remember, a pure heart is the result of all the beatitudes mentioned in Matthew 5:3-7. After being poor in spirit, mourning over your sin, standing meek before God, hungering and thirsting after righteousness and having a heart of mercy towards others, being pure in heart is more of a by product than an action.
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