Pure in Heart

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

I am ashamed to admit that I have not always been “pure in heart.”

To be “pure in heart” as Jesus says in Matthew 5 means to have no selfish motives, no hidden interests, to be honest and open in all things.

I want to be this way – and I can be this way only if God gives me His Spirit. Thanks be to God that is exactly what he does!

Still, I don’t always accept his spirit of purity in heart. I have ulterior motives sometimes. I have a desire to reap the benefits of a relationship or of a situation.

If you are honest with yourself, I’m confident this is true for you as well.

St. Augustine, the 4th Century Church Father from North Africa, said, “A pure heart … is a single heart.” What he means is that a pure heart is one who worships only God.

Sadly, that is not always the case for us, is it? We have many gods in this day and age. Whatever comes before God in our lives can be our god and cause us to have less than pure hearts.

Jobs, relationships, money, a sports team, a celebrity, the list goes on and on.

One of the saddest results of not being pure in heart is not being able to see God. If we have idols, then it stands to reason that we are not looking for – and thus will not be able to see – the true God!

sir_galahad_wattsThis is famously personified in the legend of Sir Galahad. Of all the Knights of the Round Table, only Sir Galahad is pure in heart and able to complete the quest to find the Holy Grail.

When my sons were younger, I would read to them before bedtime. One of my favorite books to read to them was King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. That was my – and their – introduction to the pure-in-heart Sir Galahad.

Being pure in heart, Sir Galahad was able to find the Holy Grail – the cup that Jesus Christ used at the Last Supper on the night that he was betrayed.

Sir Galahad – along with the rest of the Knights of the Round Table – are myths and legends. But they convey a very important truth that Jesus teaches in Matthew 5:8 – the pure in heart will see God.

We can be pure in heart – and thus see God – only if our sins are forgiven and we live the sanctified life. This is ours by the grace of God, of course.

God gives us a pure heart through the forgiveness of all our sins. Through the shed blood of Jesus our hearts are made pure and we can see God.

And seeing God I think we can also show God. We show God by proclaiming the life-giving message of the Gospel. This is the goal of the pure in heart.

This is what I strive for – a pure heart. As I read God’s Word and daily pray to God, as I weekly come together with my brothers and sisters to learn and worship, God pours his grace and mercy on me.

He gives me a pure heart through the means of grace – the Word and Sacraments – and I will see God!

And I will be God’s instrument so that others can see God as well.

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