Blessed are the pure in heart

Matthew 5:8 Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous–possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!

Psalm 24:3-4 says that those who climb the mountain of the Lord have a pure heart. This is the mantra of my soul: keep climbing, and keep your heart pure.

And how does one keep their heart pure? Our lives are made holy and righteous by believing in the saving grace of Jesus Christ, but to me, purity of heart is a little different. If my heart carries resentment, it is not pure. If it carries bitterness, it is not pure. If it harbours rejection and pain, it is not pure. If it is full of shame or deceit, it is not pure.

On the other hand, if my heart is full of love, peace, forgiveness, hope, faith, patience and more, then it is pure. What remains in my heart is my responsibility. I may be righteous by the blood of Jesus, but I choose the condition of my heart.

Being pure of heart doesn’t just happen. You have to monitor what is going into your heart all the time. Little bits of bitterness, unforgiveness, anger or dishonesty can lodge themselves in our hearts throughout the day. The heart needs to be examined all the time to remove these toxic emotions. Let’s not forget the benefits of such actions – a pure heart has a clear path up the mountain to God. A pure heart sees Jesus in all His glory.

Come on! Keep climbing, keep your heart pure, be amazing.

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Sarah Coleman is wife, mother of two boys, writer, pastor, teacher and friend. She loves Jesus with a passion and the feel of Australian sand beneath her toes.

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