Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8)
This verse is often considered the watershed statement among all eight Beatitudes; the previous five flow to it, the next two will flow from it. After all, where else do you find the promise from Jesus Himself that someday some of us will have the opportunity to enter God’s chambers and actually see Him?
The word here translated “pure” is katharos, a form of the word from which we get catharsis—to cleanse or purge yourself. The term originally was used to simply mean clean. Then it was used to describe grain which had been sifted and cleaned of all chaff. Then it was used to speak of an army purged of all discontented, cowardly, and unwilling soldiers. It was used of wine which was unmixed with water, and metal without a tinge of alloy. A pure heart is unmixed. A pure heart means a will, motives, intentions that are undivided.
A pure heart is not merely sincere. A person can be sincerely right or sincerely wrong. The issue is not how sincere you are, but, What is your heart? A pure heart is an unwavering will committed to obeying the Word of God. When it comes to following God, is your will undivided? Are the intentions and the motives within you unmixed?
“But I do not feel pure in heart,” you say. Remind yourself to do what you believe, not what you feel. Remind yourself that the real you is your belief, not your emotions.