Continuing our series through the Beatitudes, tonight we will talk about Matthew 5:8, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."
Each beatitude is meant to be radical and life-changing. Purity is consistant throughout the Bible as a condition for looking upon the face of God. The Jewish temple was setup in levels of sorts, to keep all but the holiest priests from getting anywhere near the Holy of Holies.
The New Testament also urges us to be pure. Paul tells us to seek what is pure, admirable, lovely, and right (Phil. 4.8). Having true, pure honest hearts is not something that comes naturally to us. It requires us being single-minded for God alone.
It is also not something the world looks at favorably. Having pure hearts to the point that we place oursevles in danger of being used is not something that this world commends.
Purity of heart involves innocence and honesty because our hearts are "unmixed," whatever the cost may be. If you're in the Waco area, join us tonight at 5:30. We meet at 6301 Bosque Blvd, in Room 208. See you tonight.