Daily Word

#6 – Pure in heart | Matthew 5:8

8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Matthew 5:8 (NASB)

Pure

What does it mean to be pure? What comes to my mind may be the same as you – gold: pure gold. Much of the gold jewelry we see or wear is 18K gold. I’m told that’s for practical reasons; pure gold, 24K, is too soft and will break, bend or wear off.

The purification process for gold is to heat it to a high temperature so that the impurities can be removed. It’s a repetitive process that takes much effort and care. But the result is 24K gold.

Pure heart

So how does a heart become pure? Surely we can’t heat it to 1,400° C. But actually, the heating is a kind of testing or proving. If we apply this to our hearts, God can purify our hearts through testing. Peter understood this well: 

“6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which perishes though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,”

1 Peter 1:7

Faith as gold

Our faith is compared to gold. Gold is “tested” with heat to become 24K but even pure gold can be burned up. Our faith is more precious than 24K gold. Through trials, the follower of Christ can have their faith proven, tested, purified. The result of our tested faith will be praise, glory and honor. The result of a tested and purified heart is seeing God.

So ultimately, the purification needs to be complete – from all sin. This can only be accomplished by the blood of Christ. When we repent and believe, God graciously forgives us and cleanses us of all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

Seeing God

God is completely pure. No one can see Him (be in His presence) and live (Exodus 33:20). Our sin makes us impure. So natural man cannot see God. But when our hearts are pure through repentance and faith in Christ, our sin is removed and we become pure. Amen!

RЯeflection

  • Is your heart pure? Are your sins removed? Click here if not.
  • Consider the be-attitudes we’ve looked at so far. Can you think of a person (maybe in your life) that clearly has one or more of them? Pure in heart. Merciful. Hunger and thirst for righteousness. Gentle. Mourn. Poor in spirit.
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