“God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
for they will see God.”
Matt 5:8 NLT
In Greek, ‘pure’ is defined as clean, clear, pure as cleansed, free from impure admixture, without blemish, and spotless.
Some of the definitions from the English dictionaries describe ‘pure’ as…
*clean, spotless, or unsullied
*untainted with evil, innocent
*and free from that which harms or pollutes as unadulterated, free from that which contaminates, defiles, or blemishes, as free from moral defilement or guilt, innocent, chaste, so says Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary from 1879.
Just because this dictionary’s definition is old does not mean the meaning of purity has changed over the years. Though the world tries endlessly to change it, the definition is never obsolete.
God made each of us as a precious being with a body, soul, and spirit needing special care. His intention was that we preserve the purity of our minds, hearts, and bodies, protecting them from anything that would harm the integrity of His creation. It was His gift to each of us.
How hard do we work to keep ourselves from inappropriate contaminants that throw mud on our purity?
Do any of these negative things tramp through your heart with their muddy feet and attempt to camp out…doubt, worry, unbelief, strife, stealing, cheating, lying, pride, unforgiveness, depression, murmuring, complaining, filthy language, rebellion, hypocrisy, bitterness, judging, gossip, speaking against others, addictions, impure thoughts, lust, internet porn, having sex, or anything else that grieves the Holy Spirit?
What do we look at or listen to that tempts us or puts us at risk of lusting, lusting for anything? We cannot look at or listen to just anything. Our eyes and ears act as conveyor belts of the world’s junk dumping it all into our minds and hearts. Impure sights and sounds siphon out the purity of our lives and become infinitesimal steps of separation between us and God.
Though God fills us with His holiness through Christ’s salvation, the upkeep of holiness depends solely upon us. It is absolutely necessary, as Paul persuades, that we “Pursue a godly life,” (1 Tim. 6:11a NLT) for “God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.” (1 Thess. 4:7 NKJV)
If we keep our hope and trust in Jesus, we will continually flush ourselves of impurities, keeping ourselves pure in Him. Therefore, Paul says, “Dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Cor. 7:1 NKJV)
The purity of holiness is not an option, for, without it, we will not see the Lord, as the writer of Hebrews tells us, “Seek to live a clean and holy life, for one who is not holy will not see the Lord.” (Heb. 12:14 TLB)
Paul told the young Corinthian believers to “be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (1 Tim. 4:12 NKJV)
Remember, “God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.” So, how bad do we want to see God?
Stay pure…for yourself, for the love of your life, for your future husband, and especially for your Lord.
Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home.