Blessed are Pure in Heart – Beatitudes – Part 6 of 8

Bible Study Guide: Beatitudes

Matthew 5: 3-12

“Blessed are pure in heart, for they will see God.” – Matthew 5:8

This beatitude is one of the most striking of all beatitudes. For who can claim to be pure in heart? If we peek into our hearts, we all know that we are not pure, we have thoughts, attitudes, desires which are not pure. We may hide it from others, but we cannot hide it from ourselves. So, what can we learn from this beatitude? Let me start with some of the bible verses related to ‘pure in heart’ and ‘seeing God’, and let the Word of God speak to you though it.

Pure in Heart:

  • Psalms 24:4-5 – “He who has clean hands and pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive the blessing from the Lord.”
  • 1 Timothy 1:5 – ” The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart, and a good conscience and a sincere faith.”
  • Psalms 51:10 – “Create in me a pure heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
  • Psalms 119:9-10 – “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart. Do not let me stray from your commands.”

Seeing God:

  • Exodus 33:20 – “You cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”
  • 1 Timothy 6:16 – “Who is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see.”

Beatitudes: Pure in Heart:

  • ‘Pure’ is an absolute term. You cannot say that this is ‘purer’. Being pure itself means that it is not defiled, polluted or mixed with impurities.
  • The heart is regarded as being the seat of the intellect, the feelings and the will. Often heart implies the whole moral nature of fallen man. (Jer 17:9)
  • So, how can we make it pure? It is beyond our reach to make it pure. It is God who initiates, sanctifies and perfects the heart of man who put his trust in him. It begins when we realize that we cannot do it on our own. We go through the process of sanctification throughout our life. And it will be perfected when we will be glorified in Christ Jesus.
  • Sanctification is a difficult process. Water has to go through heat and fire to be purified. Gold has to go though fiery furnace to be perfected.
  • 1st Peter 1:6-7 – “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith, of greater worth than gold which perishes even though refined by fire, may be proven genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
  • So, how can we pursue purity? By living, active fellowship with God through daily personal time with God in his words and prayer, allowing God to purify us though His Holy Spirit in us – “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)

Next – Part 7: Blessed are the Peacemakers: Beatitudes Bible Study Series

Previous – Part 5: Blessed are the Merciful: Beatitudes Bible Study Series

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12 comments

  1. I feel like the only way to develop a purified heart is living an active faith through God. I think focusing on living his word is the best way to discipline yourself to purify your heart. I think a purified heart is the foundation to living and pursuing your faith.
    I think a sincerely purified heart is the hardest thing to achieve when someone is pursuing their faith, because you gone follow God word with physical actions by speaking and acting by his word, but truly eliminating unGodly things from your heart is very hard.
    The only way to a purified heart to actively living God’s word.

  2. The Beatitudes was a great lesson. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I agree with everything I read and learned. In reading this lesson I could see how God is working in my life to bring me closer to him. I am a teacher of children in church and we are learning the beatitudes at this time.
    It has certainly inspired me and answered some questions that no one else has been able to answer. Thank you.

  3. I just want to say thanks! Ive been trying to look up scripture about being pure in heart for a study I’m doing. I haven’t had much luck so I tried googling it. Lol. This is what came up and I think I’ll use many of the verses you showed us. Thanks!

  4. I AM SO BLESSED WITH THIS BIBLE STUDY LESSONS.EXPECTING MORE FROM THIS SITE. MAY GOD BLESS YOU IN THIS GOOD WORK.

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