july 9

Blessed are the Pure in Heart

By: Pastor Dennis Yim

Key Passage- Matthew 5:8

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

There’s a real danger for many believers to become religious. Religious people are those who

believe to be pure in heart means that they must be externally or outwardly “pure” by

conforming to man-made religious rules. Not surprisingly, many believers fall into this trap of

religiosity. But what does it mean to be pure in heart? This is what it means: the purity of heart is

the heart that has been conformed and transformed by Christ so that it longs to follow the Christ

sincerely by walking in His words and placing its ultimate allegiance and love in Him. The

purity of the heart is one that has placed its ultimate love in the one true King who can make all

hearts pure in union with Him. To be pure in heart means that our thoughts and motive have

been radically changed and are dictated by Christ. For the religious person, they do not believe

that their thoughts and motives are based on self-righteousness; for example: they will justify

their horrendous treatment of others – whether that be making racist remarks or constantly

barking at someone for not meeting their expectations – by saying that their motivation was not

based on ill-treatment but instead to push them and to make things better. No matter what their

excuses may be, it is still utterly wrong because their motivation and intention has been deeply

rooted in their own self-righteousness and pride – that is a defiled heart.

Jesus has given us a new heart. This new heart is a pure heart that has its ultimate love, hope and

joy in Him. Allow His words to continue to inform and reform your heart daily. John Stott

challenges us to ask ourselves these difficult and awkward questions daily: What do you think

about when your mind slips into neutral? How much sympathy do you have for deception, no

matter how skillful? For shady humor, no matter how funny? To what do you pay consistent

allegiance? What do you want more than anything else? What and whom do you love? To what

extent are your actions and words accurate reflections of what is in your heart? To what extent

do your actions and words constitute a cover-up for what is in your heart?