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Part 6 - Pure in heart

Matthew 5:8 - Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

THE MEANING

Webster Dictionary - PURE - adj. - Not mixed with anything else

Purity doesn’t so much mean sinlessness, as singleness - To have one passion, one desire, one loyalty

Psalm 24:3-4
Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.

THE PRIORITY

Jesus says it is blessed to be pure in heart, not just pure in thought, speech or action

Does that mean that Jesus doesn’t care about what we think, say or do? No, He just knows that the heart comes first

  • Pure spring = Pure creek
  • Pure heart = Pure life
Luke 6:45
 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

So work on the heart first - yours and your kids. It’s not about sin-management, but falling in love with Jesus

THE EXPECTATION

Don’t expect unbelievers to be pure. We need a new heart first, which is a gift of God’s grace.

Psalm 51:10
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

THE PROCESS

Refining a heart is a painstaking and long process. Give yourself and others grace as we go through it.

Job 23:10
God knows where I am going. And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold.

the results

The result isn’t just a pure heart, but a pure life. People will see God in us.

The ultimate result isn’t just a pure heart and a pure life, but a vision of God. We will see God!

  • Now - Seeing Him spiritually - Experiencing His presence 
  • Later - Seeing Him visibly - Entering His glory

You get what you crave

  • Attention - You get it
  • Money - You get it
  • Fame - You get it
  • God - You get HIM!

So what do you crave?

C.S. Lewis
It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.
Karl House