Blessed are the pure of heart
for they shall see God
The Greek word for “pure” is “katharos”. Fundamentally, it signifies that which is clean, or free from contaminating substance. Pure Gold. Pure water. Pure bliss. Pure love.
The word evokes many “word pictures” for me. A newborn baby is pure. The first snowfall is pure. The unadulterated embrace of mother and a child with the underlying unconditional pure love given without expectation.
This beatitude gives me the chance to shed my grown up skin that I am in and look deep into my heart to find the “pure” heart as a small child, before the world infiltrated my heart with contaminants . To look to the world around me as a child would. Pure…. unstained.. not contaminated but free of any ingredients mixed in. Untainted.
One thing was brought to my mind~~~ the Ivory soap claim that it is “99.44/100% pure”. Nothing added… pure and free from any additional “stuff”. When my heart is pure, I am able to be free enough to receive all that God has to offer me.
One of my favorite Scripture passages is ~~God, create a pure heart in me, and renew a right attitude within me. Psam51:10.
This to me is the “pure” (pun intended) essence of being pure of heart. Our hearts and minds are inundated with so many worldly things, attitudes of intolerance, destruction of simple morals and we strain to remain true to our heart and our beliefs. We become cynical and we let down our guard and let the the bulls**t of this world enter into our hearts, mind and spirits.
Let’s face it every human being has heart problems. We all struggle to keep within us a pure heart. As we grow into our lives we pick up small little things that nick and tear tiny lesions on our hearts. Sometimes the tragedies of our world gouge deep wounds in our hearts. They cause scarring and make our hearts hard. Almost like a keloid scar over scars and striated.
When we are pure of heart, we are able with Gods help to heal those scars and re-build the once hardened heart.
Another Scripture that I love is Proverbs 4:23~~ Guard your heart with much diligence, because the source of your life flows from it.
Being pure of heart takes diligence … most all of these beatitudes come down to being truly humbled in our “humanness” and learning to discern with that still small voice inside of us what can hurt us and what can help us. To recognize the things that chip away and scratch our hearts in even the tiniest way, so that we do not allow those things to even touch the surface of our hearts.
One of my favorite songs is by Shaun Groves ~ The title of the song is “Welcome Home” He equates his heart to a house. I love the whole song but the beginning verses…. are
Welcome to this heart of mine
I’ve buried under prideful vines
Grown to hide the mess I’ve made
Inside of me
Come decorate, Lord
Open up the creaking door
And walk upon the dusty floor
Scrape away the guilty stains
Until no sin or shame remain
Spread Your love upon the walls
And occupy the empty halls
Being pure of heart means being humble (oh man there is that word again) humble enough to let God do a bit of redecorating and allowing God to give your heart a fresh “pure” coat of paint. When that remodel is done, you have a purer heart that is not confused by all the clutter and then you are able to see God more clearly. As we open the eyes of our hearts the more clearly we see all that God has in store for us. When our hearts are pure….. expecting to see nothing is when we truly see God in His purest form… through love, tolerance, gentleness, patience and true unconditional love. A love that is willing to come into our hearts with the tools needed to clean up our hearts. As the chorus from “Welcome Home” says:
Come inside this heart of mine
It’s not my own
Make it home
Come and take this heart and make it
All Your own
Next one is…peacemakers…. blessed they are..