“Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8)
I. What does it mean to be pure in heart?
A. What is the heart? (Proverbs 4:23; Matthew 15:19; Ephesians 6:6; Jeremiah 17:9; Psalm 51:10; 1 Samuel 16:7)
B. What is Purity? (Psalm 24:3-6; James 4:4, 8; Matthew 22:37)
II. What does it mean to see God?
A. We are admitted into His Presence (Exodus 33:14-15)
B. We are aware of His Glory. (Job 42:5; Exodus 34)
C. We are helped and comforted by His Grace. (Psalm 27:7-9)
III. Cultivating purity of heart
A. God is the One who purifies the heart through faith. (Titus 2:14; Acts 15:9)
B. Our hearts are purified by the Word of God. (Psalm 119:9, 11; Psalm 12:6; John 15:3; Ephesians 5:26)
C. Our hearts are purified through fiery trials. (Job 23:10; James 1:2-3)
Suggestions for Prayer: Ask the Lord for continued grace to live a pure life so others will see Christ in you.
For Further Study: Read the following verses, noting the characteristics of a pure heart: Psalm 9:1; 26:2; 27:8; 28:7; 57:7.