The Pure In Heart

April 29, 2017

The Pure in Heart

Matthew 5:8 says “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” The Bible has a lot to say about the heart. The word appears 916 times. There is no way we can enjoy a good life without a healthy heart. Proverbs 4:23 tells us that the issues of life proceed from the heart. “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” For that reason, we need to give close attention to the condition of our heart.

In medical terminology the word cardiology refers to the study of the heart and its functions. The word is taken from the Greek word Kardia which means heart. That is the word in the Greek New Testament that we find in Matthew 5:8. Some doctors specialize in treating people with heart problems. They are called cardiologists. Our heart condition demands special attention both medically and spiritually. That is why Proverbs 4:23 tells us that we need to guard our heart with all diligence.

Jeremiah 17:9 says “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Fortunate is the person who is aware of that. We can know if our physical heart is functioning normally by means of a blood pressure monitor. We don’t have any mechanical way to check on the condition of our spiritual heart. That is why David, in Psalm 139:23-24, prayed “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Jesus also warned us about the dangers of a bad heart. In Matthew 15:19-20 he said “For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.”

If our physical heart isn’t functioning normally it is serious and we need to be under a doctor’s care. In like manner, we need to be concerned about our spiritual heart condition. The issues of life stem from the heart. There is no beatitude that says “Blessed are the well educated.” A careful monitoring of the spiritual heart condition should have priority over a secular education. Many of our modern colleges are duming down students. They graduate from college with no moral values and are incapable of thinking for themselves. It isn’t long before many of them are involved in corruption and crime.

Purity of heart enables us to make right decisions in life. We chose to do right, not because we fear the consequences that will come from doing wrong, but because we want to do right. [See the article on Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness.] We feel constrained to do right because of our love for Christ. II Corinthians 5:14-15 says “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”

Blessed, highly favored, are those who have a pure heart. He is the blessed man of Psalm 1:2-3. “His delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Another advantage that is promised is that he shall see God. Those words are a Hebraism that means to enjoy being in the presence of God. It doesn’t mean that he shall see God with his eyes, but he shall be conscious of the presence of God with him.

There are numerous advantages to having a pure heart and no disadvantages. There are many disadvantages to having a dirty heart and no advantages. Keep your heart with all diligence.

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