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The Sixth Beatitude: Pure in Heart

Updated on August 15, 2014
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Bronwen was a teacher for over forty years. Degrees include School Librarianship, Psycholinguistics and Theology, and Applied Linguistics.

Pure in Heart
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We All Sin

How can I be pure in heart? By myself, it's impossible. Firstly, I need to be aware of the fact that I sin, that we all sin. That reminds me of a friend who once said,

"Sin? I never sin! I've never stolen anything, well, nothing big, anyway. I believe in God and go to church a couple of times a year, and I've certainly never killed anyone!"

She was thinking of the Ten Commandments. But Jesus said that even if we think those things we sin. I wondered if she thought of the Ten Commandments when she was wangling a business deal to her own advantage or when she shared more than her farm with her share-farmer. That led me to think of Jesus' saying that if we see a splinter in another's eye, we probably have a log in our own!

Yes, we all sin, so how can we be pure in heart?

The Moat Around Hamlet's Castle
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Purity is the Ideal

The ideal is to be pure, but how can we achieve that? Can we make ourselves like an impregnable castle and put a moat around ourselves? Even that will not prevent the assault of the Enemy. The sin is within, and yet Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount that the pure in heart are blessed (Matthew 5.8).

Can we reach the ideal by emulating the purity of a white flower that has a golden heart? No, it's impossible. We all sin and can only be made pure through accepting the precious gift of forgiveness for our sins through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

The Purity of an Iceberg
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Simplicity and Duplicity

What is purity?

My dictionary tells me it means freedom from contamination; it is innocence and moral goodness. Way back in history, St. Augustine explained purity of heart with the Latin word, simplex, from which we get the words 'simple' and 'simplicity.' So the pure in heart are open, simple, honest and sincere.

The opposite of simplex is duplex, from which we get the word 'duplicity.' One explanation I read once was: simplex means 'folded once,' it is straightforward, while duplex means 'folded twice', or that something i is hidden inside.

When the heart is duplicitous, it is dishonest and deceives; it becomes contaminated. Even if the sin is small, if it is left there, it grows and spreads like a cancer and takes over the whole life.

We have the choice of which path to follow, but it's something that we can't do by ourselves. We need the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

The Pathway we Choose
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Sheep Safely Graze
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The Pure are Blessed

When we are forgiven and made clean, we are blessed. Because we take that step in faith through Jesus, we are favoured by God. It is His gift to us.

Often, when I want to thank God for His blessings, I turn to Psalms. Many were written long ago by King David but he says it so much better than I can. Like us, he was not without sin, but how beautiful is his prayer for cleansing and pardon in Psalm 51. We can use his words:

"Have mercy on me...blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse sin is ever before me. Against you alone, have I sinned."

David does not try to blame others for his wrong doing, he admits to God that the sin is his own and our sins are of our own doing, too.

However, we can pray with David, "Create in me a new heart, O God, and put a right spirit within me."

Then comes that wonderful sense of release, of a heart being made pure. In gratitude we can cry out, "O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise!"

And those who are made pure in heart know they are truly blessed.

The Joy of Worship
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They Shall See God

It is the pure in heart who will be blessed to see God, and what joy that will be!

Our 'heart' is our very centre, the most essential part of our inner being. And in that depth, through God's grace we are blessed to see the divine glory of Almighty God. He created the vastness of the universe and yet He can make the smallest and most insignificant perfect.

Through our faith in God He will reveal Himself to us, so that when at last we go to dwell in His Heavenly Kingdom in eternity, our joy will be complete.

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Blessed are the pure in heart

For they shall see our God.

Follow the Saviour, come apart

And see where He has trod.

Forgiven to live The Way

Freed from all sin's alloy

'Til in Heaven one blessed day

Our hearts o'erflow with joy.

The Sixth Beatitude
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© 2014 Bronwen Scott-Branagan


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      old albion: A touch of peace in our hearts is so important, especially when unwelcome negative thoughts keep popping into our minds. Graham, I know a little of the stress you have experienced as I cared for my husband at home while he was dying of lung cancer from asbestos. However, I was very blessed with visits from palliative care nurses twice daily, they were such a support. My husband did not call out, but I've heard that it is quite common for people to call, as your sister did, for a parent they were close to long ago, and some have even said as they were dying that they could see their mother beckoning them to come. It must be such a relief from all that pain when they are at last called Home to be with their loved ones; we should not try to hold them back, but allow them to go - after all, it is to a much better place. It is not the end of the person, only of their earthly body; they have gone to an entirely new kind of life that we hope to share with them in a wonderful future. I pray that you will be able to put that negativity behind and regain God's peace in your heart and life. God bless you.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Bronwen. I find your hub brings a touch of peace. I am not religious but I am a member of the Christian faith however I feel negative overall at present. I watched and helped care for my darling sister who indeed reached the age of 82. She then took several months to die from lung cancer. The last few days were unbearable, she was crying out constantly for her 'Mammy' It broke the heart of all who tried to help her.

      I have to ask why this had to be the end of a lovely person. Why...


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      manatita44: Thank you for your beautiful comments. I wish you much success with your book.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Beautiful, short, to the point and yet quite profound. Purity is the life-breath of the Supreme,and yes,we most certainly could not do this without help.

      I have devoted an entire chapter of my book on Amazon to this. My Guru, Sri Chinmoy: Life and Teachings. It is that important!!

      Much peace my sweet Friend.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      MsDora: What a lovely comment! Thank you.

      teaches12345: And how much we need to grow that understanding! Blessings to you, too.

      Michael Milec: Thank you for your great comments and your votes. Our Heavenly Father blesses us in so many ways, and may He bless you, too.

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      Michael Milec 3 years ago

      Hello BlossomSB .

      Just as " pure in heart " can live sincerely and nothing stands in their way to see God - you could write this unique message of your heart - and have brought more blessings to us, readers.

      More blessings of the Heavenly Father upon you.

      Voted useful and beautiful.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I love your sharing of this thought. It is unique and brings the truth of a pure heart to the mind. It is when we realize that there is a deeper revelation of love in it that we grow understanding. Blessings.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Blossom, you are such a good teacher in this article--asking and answering the questions on our minds. Thanks for your insightful explanations on this beatitude.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      mollymeadows: I replied to 12 lovely comments and just came back to it and they've all disappeared! So, again, thank you!

      mackyi: Thank you. Glad you enjoyed to photos, too.

      James-wolve: How true! Sadly.

      Faith Reaper: Thank you for your lovely comments. May God bless you richly, my friend.

      Frank Atanacio: Purity can be only a facade and it's what's inside that counts. Thank you and blessings.

      Ericdierker: Yes. We certainly need that help as we continue to stumble along.

      Dolores Monet: We can learn so much from the Beatitudes. The words seem so simple, but Jesus really saw into the heart of things and knew the true path to happiness.

      btrbell: Thank you. Glad you enjoyed my photos, too.

      always exploring: We certainly need that daily forgiveness. I love that hymn, 'O for a closer walk with God.' Thank you for your lovely comments.

      whomtheSonsetFree: Wouldn't it be lovely? Thank you and God bless you.

      CrisSp: Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      Vellur: Thank you, my friend.

      ARUN KANTI: Thank you. God bless you.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      mollymeadows: Thank you!

      mackyi: Glad you enjoyed it. God bless you.

      James-wolve: So true!

      Faith Reaper: Thank you so much for your beautiful comments. May God bless you richly, too.

      Frank Atanacio: Purity can be deceiving, especially if it is only superficial and not in the heart. Jesus' words seem simple, but He really sees into the depth of the subject. God bless you.

      Ericdierker: It's a life-long thing, isn't it? We all need to work harder.

      Dolores Monet: I love them, too. They're so relevant to all our lives. Thank you for your comments.

      btrbell: Thank you, I'm glad you liked it.

      always exploring: What a lovely thing to say! It's so true that we need to pray continually for forgiveness so that we can walk closer with God. Bless you.

      whomtheSonsetFree: A pure heart is our ideal, but how often we fall short. Thank you.

      CrisSp: God bless you, my friend, what a lovely comment. Thank you.

      Vellur: Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      ARUN KANTI: Thank you for your comment. God bless you.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 3 years ago from KOLKATA

      Very inspirational, beautiful hub. Thank you.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Beautifully expressed - pure in heart. Great hub.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      What a beautiful read with stunning images! Very insightful, so inspirational. Absolutely bookmarking, pinning and sharing.

      Here's sending you "pure" love from the sky Blossom.

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      Susan 3 years ago from USA

      I love this Hub! It contains several of my favorite scriptures from the Psalms. I also, through Christ, desire a pure heart. Great job!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a beautiful way to inspire the reader to strive for a pure heart. It is most difficult to not sin in some way, yet i pray daily for forgiveness and long for a closer walk with God. You are a good teacher and your hubs always teach goodness. Thank you so much...

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Beautiful words, very inspirational. I also lived the pictures. Thank you for sharing this!

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      Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I've always loved the Beatitudes. This one is the toughest. We can strive to behave, but keeping our hearts pure is another thing. Oh, the nastiness that can enter the hearts of even the best of us - anger, resentment, unkind thoughts, and just general stinkin' thinkin' can be so poisonous. This was just beautiful!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Beautifully done. We can all try harder with His help.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      I always say purity can be deceiving.. but the truth can be rewarding in the long run.. the message you are conveying is clear.. and inspirational... blessed are the pure.. and in order to become pure let the confessions begin LOL.. I love the hub, the poem, the message, and its purity ...Simplicity and Duplicity.. always liked when these two words come to a head... bless you

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, this is so beautifully written here dear, Blossom! I am in awe of your insightful words on being pure in heart. Such lovely photos too.

      Thank you for sharing The Word of God so clearly.

      Up and more ++++ pinning, tweeting and sharing

      God bless you. In His Love Always

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      Tijani Achamlal 3 years ago from Morocco

      None infallible .We all sin no matter how hard we try to be sentinels.

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      I.W. McFarlane 3 years ago from Philadelphia

      Very inspirational message BlossomSB... Well said! Your pics are also breathtaking!

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      Mary Strain 3 years ago from The Shire

      Lovely, Bronwen!