By Brandon Smith
My three-year-old daughter is a sweet kid. She has always been playful yet reserved, sensitive yet affectionate. But since she’s now three, she’s getting smarter and she’s learning to manipulate. I’ve heard the same joke a million times, and now I understand it: “If you don’t believe we’re born sinful, just have a kid.” Indeed!
Though my daughter is a joy and I love to believe that she is totally innocent, she is also a daughter of Adam. She sometimes battles me when I discipline her. She often talks back when she’s cranky. She can be selfish with other kids. If anyone should be considered “pure in heart,” it’s her, but like I said, she’s Adam’s daughter. And you and I are his sons. As Paul tells us, “just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Romans 5:12).
Sin is inevitable. We aren’t pure in heart, even in our best moments.
Yet, Jesus tells us here in Matthew 5:8 that the pure in heart are blessed. Because we are born into sin and sin every day, does that mean we are destined to the non-blessing of condemnation? Are we hopeless?
It seems Jesus is giving us an impossible standard here, and in a sense, He is. When He says, “Blessed are the pure in heart,” it should immediately hit us that we aren’t pure. If we’re not pure, we have to look to someone who is.
Throughout the Beatitudes, Jesus lifts up various virtues. Like the Ten Commandments way back in Exodus, each beatitude stings a little because it reveals our absolute need for God. Though we may portray to others a sense of purity, our inner thoughts and private actions condemn us. No one can live up to the Ten Commandments; no one can live up to the Beatitudes.
No one except Jesus.
Jesus was pure in heart: He never sinned, and He loved (and still loves) perfectly. As the “image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15), Jesus carried with Him perfection, and in that perfection, the purest heart to ever walk the face of the earth. The Son of God took on flesh, and He lived with a pure heart so that He could purify the hearts of His people.
This beatitude emphasizes consistency between who we are in private and who we are in public. The more single-hearted we are before God—privately and publicly—the deeper our delight and desire will be to see our Maker face to face. We love because He loved. We serve because He served. We are pure in God’s sight because He was pure.
May we look at the face of Jesus with gratitude, for through His pure heart we can pursue purity in our own hearts.
Written By Brandon D. Smith
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4 thoughts on "Blessed Are the Pure in Heart"
I have so many excuses why I’m not pure in heart. In summary though, it is because I am a son of Adam, prone to wander. A broken man in a broken world.
Lord I have no chance for purity on my own. What I would produce would be a fragile substitute, vain and self-glorious. What you produce is like a vivid, clear diamond. Rare, true, beautiful, and utterly pure.
Purity is a standard we cannot achieve in the sight of a blameless, holy Father. However, in our pursuit we can draw near to the Father and He will draw near to us. His presence is a catalyst of righteousness. When we pursue a pure, single heart, we become more like the Father and draw ever closer to Him. It is a standard meant to be pursued not achieved. But if we seek consistency between our public and private actions and pursue purity of mind and heart then we will see God saturate our lives. We will find harmony with the Spirit when we pursue purity daily.
Jesus gave us these standards so that we could realize we can’t live up to who God wants us to be.
He wants me to look to him, because he was pure for me. I can trust him to bring me to God.
Leave self and rest in Jesus!
Day 9: through Jesus’s pure heart, we get to pursue purity. Although we won’t be 100% pure on earth, we will be in heaven with the lord. And although we sin, God sees us as pure when we abide in him. “To be presented blameless in front of the lord almighty” is what we have to look forward to. Man. Love y’all!
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