Blessed Are The Pure In Heart

"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God"
The first thing I noticed about this verse was the face that Jesus was focused on the heart. It doesn't say, "Blessed are the pure in dress." or "Blessed are the pure that come to church every Sunday." or "Blessed are the pure that sing in the choir." or "Blessed are the pure that have led people to salvation." Jesus is concerned about the heart issue - the matter of the heart.

What does it mean to be pure in heart?

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
James 4:8

Here, James tells us to cleanse our hands, because we have sinned and to purify our hearts because we are double minded. 

So to be pure in heart, we have to have one singular focus - the Lord. We need to have one mindset of loving the Lord with all of our heart! We are thinking quite a bit about the Olympics that are going on right now! Olympic athletes train for years to get the chance to compete. And they are focused on one thing - winning those games! They eat what they have to, they push their bodies to the extreme, they give up their lives to pursue that gold medal. Their singular focus is getting ready for the competition. As Christians, we should have the same focus on the Lord - constantly looking to the one goal of drawing nearer to God.

What does it mean to see God?. 

In the last days, we know that every human being who has lived on this earth will stand before God. So this verse isn't talking about just the physical aspect of seeing God. 

In this instance, the pure in heart will experience God in a way that those who don't pursue Christ with a pure heart cannot understand. I'm not talking about AN experience, but the act of experiencing. The pure in heart will see God in a way that others won't. They will understand God at a different level, in a deeper way. 

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