September 6 – Blessed to See God

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” To be pure means to be holy, set apart, clean, not mixed.  Think of 100% pure orange juice; it does not have anything else added. God says, “Be holy” because He is holy and He is whole.  He is not mixed when it comes to His motives.  He says from the beginning we are not to add to Him.  So do not worship Him and also worship idols of any kind.  When our motives and lives are pure we will see God.

The year 2002 was the second time we lived in a village in China and as part of home schooling the kiddos we studied the Beatitudes.   What helped us learn all eight of these principles Jesus taught was our attempt to draw them.  The sixth of these blessings, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God,” was illustrated by a pair of glasses with bright yellow and gold colors coming from them.   We need to do what it takes to make the teachings of Jesus a part of our life.

Practicing purity does not stop when marriage starts nor does purity only refer to marital fidelity.  Keeping a pure heart affects all of our thinking.  Pollution of a variety of kinds can have significant damaging effects.  But choosing to live pure, non-mixed lives is a choice that will bless us our whole life long.  And what about the benefit?  The pure in heart will see God.

Matthew 5:8 NIV