Blessed Are the Pure in Heart
Matthew 5: 8
4 Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God”
The Greek word for pure would be cleansed.
This beatitude could be translated as “Blessed is the man who is genuine in heart".
A court document is considered genuine and admissible in any court if it is the original document.
A leather bill-fold is stamped genuine leather meaning it is not phony leather.
To be genuine means the real thing.
Here in this beatitude, the word pure means one who is holy.
The pure in heart are those that will strive toward integrity and being honest with their fellow man.
To be pure in heart does not mean one who is perfect but one who is striving to live a clean life and is wiling to admit their mistakes and become honest with God and themselves.
In Matthew 5 and verse 8 we find that Jesus made a promise to the people gathered there by the Sea of Galilee stating that the pure in heart shall see God.
Moses was only able to see God’s hinder parts as he was placed him in the cleft of the rock and God passed by.
This was an overwhelming experience for him to stand in the presence of a powerful being that is perfect in all his ways and character.
We seem to see a trend advancing today that allows the flesh to stay alive with its self gratification and tend to forget that God is Holy and hates sin.
After being in the presence of Almighty God, Moses had a glow so bright with the radiance of that encounter that he had to place a veil over his face because the Glory of God which was shining through him.
In the book of Revelation, the Holy Angels in Heaven are seen covering their face in the presence of God.
Yes dear reader, if we keep ourselves pure and holy we shall see Jesus face to face.
The bottom line is that we need to fill our hearts and minds with Christ.
In 2 Timothy 2:22 Paul warns Timothy to “flee youthful passions, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart”.
I hope this hub gives some insight to how lax our standards have become today especially when we align our life with God's Holy word and instead of attempting to bring him down to our level we would do good to realize that he is the standard of which all things exist both seen and unseen.
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