Matthew 5:8 NLT God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.
Do you have a pure heart toward God? What does it mean to have a pure heart?
Pure – Greek word katharos – means clean, clear, pure; chaste, as being cleansed.
Purity can only come to our hearts as we confess our sin to God and allow Him to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. In Matthew Jesus tells us in the Beatitudes that in order to see God, or to have a close, intimate relationship with Him we must be clean and pure before Him. Our hearts must be cleansed.
King David pictures to us a life that was lived in close communion with God. Even though his sin was great, he confessed it before God and expressed a desire for God to create within him a clean heart. It was said of him that he was a man after God’s own heart because of his willingness to repent and be cleansed of the sin in his life in order to do God’s will. (Acts 13:22)
Psalm 51:10-12 NLT Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me again the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.
David recognized his sin. He came before God knowing that he had sinned and the only way to have a clean, pure heart before God was to confess his sin and ask God for forgiveness. In order to see God, to live in close relationship with Him we must continually look into our hearts for sin and then confess it to God and experience His cleansing.
Psalm 24:3-6 Who may climb the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in His holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. They will receive the LORD’s blessing and have right standing with God their savior. They alone may enter God’s presence and worship the God of Israel.
God knew that we would sin so He made a way for us to be pure and clean before Him. He made a way through the shed blood of Jesus for us to receive the cleansing that was necessary to stand before Him pure and clean. Jesus died that we might be forgiven of our sin.
Romans 5:6-9 NLT When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, no one is likely to die for a good person, though someone might be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s judgment.
Jesus died for us that we might be forgiven of our sin. When we invite Him into our hearts, confessing to God our sinfulness, and accepting the free gift of His salvation we become born again. Our hearts are cleansed from sin and we are forgiven and adopted into the family of God. This is the initial conversion experience where our hearts are regenerated, or re-born from their sinful state into a state of righteousness in Christ Jesus. We become a new creation in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!
So once we receive Jesus into our hearts we become Christians, new people! The old life is gone and we are born into newness of life. So does that mean that we never sin again?
No, what it means is that when we were sinners we could not help but sin. Sin controlled our lives. Now we have a choice to sin or not to sin. Sin no longer has dominion over us but it is still possible that through choices we make we can sin. We have power over sin by choosing to live above sin, by choosing to live for Jesus and not for our fleshly desires. So, what if we sin? Can we be cleansed from sin once Jesus has paid the price for us to be forgiven initially?
Yes, God knew that we would still be human beings with the propensity to sin. So, He made a way for us to come before Him as sinless by making Jesus our advocate with the Father.
1 John 1:8-2:2 If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that His word has no place in our hearts. My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if you do sin, there is someone to plead for you before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who pleases God completely. He is the sacrifice for our sins. He takes away not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
The thing that happens to us when we sin after having received God’s forgiveness and birth into the family of God is that the fellowship of our relationship with Him is hindered because of the sin that we hold in our hearts. In order for us to have a sweet, close communion with the Lord we must continually search our hearts for sin and confess it to God quickly so we can be restored to a close fellowship with the Lord. Sin is like static in a radio; it hinders the reception from the one sending the message to the one receiving it. Sin hinders our being able to hear God’s voice. It creates a hindrance in our prayers being answered and it causes our hearts to be heavy and our consciences to be condemned. Sin blocks us from having a close relationship with the Lord and being able to come before Him in confidence.
1 John 3:21-22 NLT Dear friends, if our conscience is clear, we can come to God with bold confidence, And we will receive whatever we request because we obey him and do the things that please Him.
A pure heart is necessary for us to have confidence before God. It is necessary for our hearts to be pure and clean to assure us of a sweet fellowship with the Lord. A pure heart is essential for us in sharing with others about the saving knowledge of Jesus and how they need Him in their own hearts, to be forgiven of sin and to be in right relationship with Him. If the world doesn’t see the purity of our hearts, how can they know there is a difference between us and them?
David said in Psalm 51:13: Then I will teach your ways to sinners, and they will return to you.
David knew that it was only after he had confessed his sin to God and had received a new, clean heart that he would have any influence over those who needed the Lord in their own lives. He was aware that his heart had to be changed before others could see a difference between his life and theirs. A pure, clean heart before God is essential for us to influence the world for Jesus.
Father, I come before You this morning in the name of Jesus. I thank You for the blood of Jesus that cleanses me and saves me and makes me pure before You. Father, I ask that You would search my heart and reveal to me any areas of sin in my heart that hinders me from having a close relationship with You.
I pray for those this morning that don’t know You, that they would have the veil of blindness removed from their minds so that they can see the glorious light of the gospel of Jesus Christ and be saved. I ask You to penetrate their hearts with Your love and draw them to Yourself by Your Spirit. I pray that today they will choose to invite Jesus into their hearts to be born again, to receive Your free gift of salvation. Father, touch them with Your grace and cause them to see Your great love for them.
Father, for those of us who have received Your great salvation, may we always be tender towards You and quick to confess our sins that we might live in close communion with You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.