By: Undre Griggs, Jr.
When the Bible is speaking of a pure heart, it is frequently speaking of our intentions, desires, and character. When we make decisions, what is our motivation? Are we coming from a place of wanting to help others, or are we seeking personal gain?
Matthew 5:8 (ESV): “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
Having been baptized for the remission of sin, the pure in heart live a life in service to Jesus Christ. They serve Him by obeying His commands and serving others in need. They do not love solely in word, but by intentionally living a life of service. The pure in heart see opportunities to help, and feel compelled to do so. This does not need to be in extravagant ways. It can be giving someone a ride to the school, helping someone move, or offering to buy someone’s lunch.
1 Peter 1:22-23 (ESV): Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;
Those who are willing to live the life of a pure heart will be rejoined with Jesus on the Last Day. As children of God, we are to be like Jesus. We should esteem others greater than ourselves, follow the will of Jehovah, and treat others as we want to be treated.
1 John 3:2 (ESV): Beloved, now are we children of God, and it is not yet made manifest what we shall be. We know that, if he shall be manifested, we shall be like him; for we shall see him even as he is.
There is no greater blessing than the promise to see God. If we find it difficult to live a pure life, the promise to seeing God should motivate us to continue. The apostle Paul warns us not to grow weary in doing good, and it is with good reason. Putting the needs of others before your own is difficult in a world full of evil. But to change the world, we cannot do what the world does. We must live the life of Christ, being a light in the darkness.