Blessed “Be” attitudes :: Be Pure (in heart)


Matthew 5:3-12 lists eight Beatitudes that were spoken of by Jesus. Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)

To be blessed, one must have an attitude of being pure (in heart).

The Creator God is not interested in an outward showing of piety or penance as many doctrines of men and world religions prescribe, but God is interested in inward purity i.e., purity of the heart. When the scribes and Pharisees in an accusatory manner questioned Jesus that his disciples did not wash their hands before breaking bread, Jesus astutely yet sternly cautioned them of their double standard and hypocrisy, and expressed a fundamental truth, that it is not what one consumes that defiles a man, but what comes from within (from the heart) (Matthew 15:11). Later when his disciples approached him and asked him if he was offended by the Pharisees and sought clarification of his response, he asked them “Are you also yet without understanding?” before explaining that out of the heart proceeds evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies; things which defile a man (Matthew 15:19-20).

So if by nature our heart is prone to defile, then how is it that one can be pure in heart? To be pure means to be untainted, unstained, unblameable, unreproveable, without spot or wrinkle. In other words, to be pure is to be set apart and it is to be holy. This is an impossible edict for man to accomplish by his/her own efforts. No matter how impressive and thorough a self-help program prescribes, no one can be holy by his or her own accord, for in sin are we conceived (Psalm 51:5). There is one only Way to be holy. Jesus said He is THE WAY (John 14:6). The Bible teaches us that Jesus, who is the image of the invisible God, can present us unblameable and unreproveable in the sight of God (Colossians 1:22), because he who knew no sin, became sin for us, and died in our stead, so we can be imputed the righteousness (purity/holiness) of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). In other words, only Jesus can make us holy i.e., only Jesus can make our hearts pure and clean; without spot or wrinkle. King David’s recognized that out of his heart came thoughts of – evil and murder toward Bathsheba’s husband Uriah, – adultery and fornication (extramarital sex) with Bathsheba, – stealing Uriah’s wife, – false witness and lying (covering the murderous plot of Uriah’s death) and – blasphemies (for what David had done displeased the Lord) (2 Samuel 11). Upon this recognition, king David repented and sought that God would create in him a clean (pure) heart; one that is holy and blameless, in God’s sight. When we repent of our sins, believing in Jesus Christ, he makes us a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17), replacing our old heart that defiles with one that is pure and clean (Ezekiel 36:26). Those who are pure in heart are those who have recognized that Jesus is the Only Way to Holiness and have repented asking Him to create in them a clean/pure heart. These are blessed for they shall see God.

What does it mean that one shall see God? God is Spirit (John 4:24),  God is invisible (1 Timothy 1:17), God dwells in an unapproachable light, which no man can see, nor has seen (1 Timothy 6:16).  Then how can God be seen? There is a multi-faceted answer to this which we find in the Bible. First, Jesus is the image of the invisible God, in whom the fullness of God dwells (Colossians 1:15,19). Second, Jesus said, He is THE LIGHT of the world (John 8:12). Third, when we walk in the light, desiring to be pure (in heart), repenting of our sins, believing in Jesus and asking Him to create in us a clean heart, we have fellowship with God as He is light and is in the light now approachable through Jesus, for Jesus said, all who see me (have fellowship with me) have seen God (the Father) (John 14:8-11). Fourth, all who have believed in Jesus, have been delivered from the power of darkness and been translated to the kingdom of Jesus Christ, God’s dear Son (Colossians 1:13), and they shall see God face to face, when He establishes His kingdom on new earth (Revelation 22:4). We see God now through Jesus Christ, we will later see God in Christ, face to face.

Point(s) to ponder:
1. God is pleading, “Come now, let us reason together, though your sins are like scarlet, I will wash you whiter than snow.” (Isaiah 1:18). The vilest offender (of whom I am chief) is not out of the reasoning and reach of God. Reason with Him. Reach out to God.
2. Have you/I heard God’s plea and have we repented of our sins, asking Him to create in us a clean/pure heart? For without holiness, no man shall see the Lord (Hebrews 12:29) and Only Jesus Christ can make you/I holy, unblameable and unreproveable.
3. God opened the heart (understanding) of Lydia so she could believe in Jesus and be baptized into His kingdom of light (Acts 16:14). Ask God to open your heart (of understanding) so that it can be made pure!

Matthew 5:8 (KJV)
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Hebrews 12:14 (KJV)
14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Colossians 1:12-23 (KJV)
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Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
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Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son [Jesus Christ]:
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In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
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Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
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For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
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And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
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And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
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For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
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And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
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And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
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In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
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If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

Heart’s desires given


Take a moment and think about what your heart desires. If you were granted an opportunity to get whatever your heart desired, what would it be? Think about it.

My dear friend and brother in Christ, Suresh Chandra Bose Ganesh Bose shared a beautiful verse in response to the article posted on “Delight in the Lord” from Psalm 37:4 which states Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. While this verse on the onset may seem like a sure recipe for success, for getting anything our heart fancied, I wondered, what if the desires of the heart are not in line with God’s plan or will? King David who is attributed to be a man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14) is an example we can learn from. Though King David is attributed for having a heart after God’s own heart and known for having delighted himself in the Lord (as is evident from his Songs/Psalms), his act of adultery (with Bathsheba) and murder (of Uriah) was certainly not according to God’s plan, but instead something his heart desired in carnality. His actions brought displeasure to God and pain and dishonor to himself and the ones he loved. He was rebuked by God through His prophet Nathan and reprimanded by God for his sin.  God who is Love personified does not delight in evil, but always rejoices (delights) with the truth.

So if God is to grant the desires of our heart, we ought to have our heart after His own. When we are aligned with God’s own heart, His strength is made perfect in our weakness and shown to those around us. The assurance of His grace being sufficient for us, despite the circumstances, can help us delight in Him, no matter what. 2 Chronicles 16:9 states that the eyes of the LORD are searching to and fro throughout the whole earth, to find the one whose heart is perfect toward God so that God’s strength can be shown through them.

Points to ponder:

  • Is our heart after God’s own heart?
  • Are you/me in the line of sight of God as He searches the whole world for one whose heart is perfect toward Him?
  • Now, take a moment and think about what your heart desires. If you were granted an opportunity to get whatever your heart desired, what would it be? Think about it.

Let it be said of us that our heart was after God’s own heart, which means as we delight in Him, our heart desires (which is really His heart’s desire) will be given/granted.

2 Chronicles 16:9 (KJV)
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For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.

Psalm 37:4 (KJV)
4 Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.