This verse has always confused me.
Non-smoker? See God? What does this stuff mean?
Then I started looking into it–,I was stoked. It quickly became one of my favourite biblical topics. Alright, let me explain:
“Blessed are the pure in heart…”
The verse refers to “heart” as representing desires and affections – what we want and love. This isn’t a matter of outward appearance or reputation. We’re talking about the way you think, the way you feel; and changing them to pure intentions and understanding.
When we sin, we eventually start to see the world in a certain way. We avoid guilt by somehow convincing ourselves that what we’ve done is “ok”. Every time you do that, you distort “your reality” or the way you see life.
When you look at life with a pure heart, the blurry veil lifts – you start to see the beauty of nature, the moral order of the world, you’re revealed things in the written word.. and you start to understand that it’s all about God and how incredible he is.
That is what the verse means by
“…for they shall see God”
How cool is that?!
“Alright yo. I want that.” You say. (you’re pretty cool)
“But how do I get it?”
In order to have a pure heart, we have to have a relationship with God. He is the one who defined the laws of life and the universe… He’s the one who defines what pure is.
A relationship with God and a pure heart go together, hand in hand.
The Bible doesn’t give an exact method, but it does mention these three actions:
Prayer: “Examine me, O LORD, and try me; Test my mind and my heart.” (Psalm 26:2)
This is the first step; Asking God for help. No matter what situation you’re in, no matter how bad you think you are, God is always willing to help you. And you know… you can’t get closer to God without God.
Constantly study (the Bible): “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119:105)
If you want to have a relationship with God, you need to understand who he is and what he requires. If we do not understand the biblical standard, we cannot…
Act: “Be doers of the word, and not hearers only..” (James 1:22)
On this subject, we’re talking about a matter of the heart. We need to work on changing the way we see things, constantly ask ourselves if this is the right thing to think and compare it to the Word. The more you do, the more you’ll start to see life in a different light. In a Holy light… In God’s light.
“Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD! Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face evermore!” -(1 Chronicles 16:10-11)