Matt. 5:8 (NKJV)
Having a pure heart does not mean that you are in perfect condition. We know that the Lord is the only one without sin. He was tempted as we are yet without sin.
Having a pure heart means having a personal commitment. It’s when your motivation is to do what’s right in the eyes of the Lord and to please Him.
We are born with a sinful nature and that nature must be regenerated to become more like Christ.
Here are a few things to remember if you want to have a pure heart that pleases God:
- A Pure Heart requires the work of the Holy Spirit. We can not develop a pure heart on our own.
- (Jeremiah 17:9) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
- (Ps. 51:10) Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
- A Pure Heart requires constant attention. We must guard our hearts.
- (Prov. 4:23) Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.
- (James 4:8) Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
- A Pure Heart is required to truly know God. We must be seeking to please God by our actions in order to truly know Him.
- (Psalm 24:3) Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.
- (Hebrews 12:14) Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.
A pure heart doesn’t mean that you will not be tempted, but when the temptation comes, you choose to do what’s right.