Blessed are the pure in heart
by Dennis Culbreth
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“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

— Matthew 5:8

The young girl was full of excitement as she shared during “Show and Tell” in Mrs. Fleming’s third-grade class in Evergreen City School. “My dad was blind and can now see!” We all listened in rapt attention as Rachel shared about how her father, blind all her life, had regained his sight in a most unusual way.

For years, Mr. Stevens had been blind. When I would see him around town, he was always on the arms of a friend or a loved one. They had to guide and take him wherever he needed to go. He could not read, he had to have help eating, and he certainly couldn’t manage his farm. He was totally dependent on someone else.

But one fateful morning, according to the story shared by his daughter, he happened to grab the wrong tube from the medicine cabinet. He always had his eye salve on the same shelf, but that morning, someone had accidentally placed another tube in its place and when he rubbed that ointment into his eyes, it felt as if his eye balls were on fire. In pain and agony he washed out the alien salve and then suddenly, he noticed that he could see. What once were only shadows were now shapes.

Rachel was busy getting ready for school that morning. She noticed that her dad was acting strange. He was moving around more than usual, and he began to follow her. In curious frustration, she turned toward him and he lovingly grabbed her and said, “You are more beautiful than I ever expected!” They both broke into tears of joy as she realized the miracle that had taken place. I was just a young boy when this took place, but I will never forget it. I knew that a man who was once blind could now see. I don’t know how or why, all I know is I would now see Mr. Stevens driving his late model green GMC pickup around Evergreen and he could see.

What does it mean to have a pure heart? The Old Testament tells us in Psalm 24:3-4: “Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart.” It literally means what it says, one who has a clean and pure heart. It means that the one who has a pure heart will have a heart of pure devotion. Some commentators compare this to clear water, metals without alloy, or grain that has been winnowed.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

— Matthew 5:8

Here in Matthew 5:8, it means a heart that does not bring mixed motives and divided loyalties to its relationship with God. Thus, we approach God with a singleness of heart.

What does it mean with “in heart?” Heart means more than just the mind; it includes the emotions and the will. It is our ability to think, feel and decide. Thus, we concentrate singly on God.

How are we to do this? There is only one answer. We must throw ourselves on the mercy of God and receive His life changing grace.

What is the reward? “… for they shall see God.” What does that mean?

1. They can see God now.

Believers can see God now, though not in His total being because that would be too much for them. However, they can see Him in many ways. They can see God in the pages of His Word, the Bible. They can see God in creation. They can see God in the changing weather, in the beauty of the flowers, in the majesty of the towering trees and the awe inspiring mountains; they can see God at the sea shore, and in the flashes of lightning. One could go on and on about how creation screams out the glory of God.

They can see Him in the events of life — even the difficult events.

2. They can see more of God.

The purer one’s heart becomes, the more they will see of God in this life.

3. Ultimate seeing.

One day, the “pure in heart” will one day see God face to face. In that split second they will experience more joy than the sum total of the accumulated joys of a long life.

For the rest of his earthly life, Mr. Stevens could see. He was a changed man. If only he had not gone through those years of sightlessness.

How tragic is it for many to go through life spiritually blind. The technique for curing spiritual blindness has existed for two thousand years. You must be born again. To be pure in heart, you must be given a new heart.

To all of humanity, Jesus says to trust God’s Word, believe that Jesus’ death on the cross paid the penalty for your sins, and thereby receive a new, pure heart in place of your old, dark heart. It comes through admitting you are a sinner in need of forgiveness and trusting the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

Do you believe?

•First, be honest with God about your heart’s condition. He already knows. But you must be honest with yourself and with Him. Is your heart inwardly clean? Is it pure in its focus on God?

•Realize that only God can make your heart pure.

•Read God’s Word.

•Think through where you will go when you die.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

Dr. Dennis R. Culbreth is the senior pastor of Jasper’s First Baptist Church www.jaspersfbc.org.