Youâ€™re blessed when you get your inside worldâ€”your mind and heartâ€”put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. — Matthew 5:8 (The Message)
Notice that God does NOT say, “Blessed are the perfect.” Purity of heart, that is, the inner life, is not the same thing as perfection. This beatitude is for normal people who mess up, who fail, who sin, who don’t have it together, who think less of themselves than they should. “Purity” means those who seek and serve God in accordance with the truth in his Word and in the power and presence of the Spirit of God. It is not merely being sincere or honest. It is being sincere and honest before God. And such purity indicates a loving relationship with God that is both ongoing and transformative. Jesus once said that the problem with being clean or pure is not what is on the outside, but what is on the inside:
But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander (Matthew 15:18,19).
As the inside world is made clean by the forgiveness one receives from God through Jesus Christ, he or she is made “pure.” [Read more…] about Devotions: Beatitudes (6) â€” Pure in Heart