The Blessing of Cleanliness

“Blessed are the pure in heart:

for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8

“Grandma, Grandma, can we, uh? Can we, is it okay?” What grandma could say no to those sweet pleading faces. They wanted to hunt for hidden treasure. Gold and precious rubies filled their imaginations as they grabbed a water hose (the ground was hard), shovels, hoes, even a big kitchen spoon.

While I finished some chores inside, they found the perfect place to dig – Grandpa’s  garden spot. After all, the dirt was already loosened. When I checked on them they were covered in mud. Not a hint of cleanliness could be found nor could gold or rubies.

My grandsons and my niece serve well as a picture of a Pharisee turned inside out.

Jesus made this declaration.

“Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy, and iniquity.” Matthew 23:28.

Mud covered hearts void of purity before God.

“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” Matthew 15:8

These men exemplified the exact opposite of the, “pure in heart.”

The pure in heart belong to those who knows the cleansing power of the blood of Jesus Christ. Sin no longer remains in the pure heart for Jesus dwells there.

“I am crucified with Christ:

nevertheless I live;

yet not I,

but Christ liveth in me:

and the life which I now live in the flesh

I live by the faith of the Son of God,

who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

“But now being made free from sin,

and become servants to God,

ye have your fruit unto holiness,

and the end everlasting life.” Romans 6:22

The pure in heart before God live in his highest good for them. We live free from the penalty of sin and its power over us. We live in the holiness of Jesus Christ and the sure hope of everlasting life. When you think it can’t get any better, listen to this.

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God,

and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:

but we know that, when he shall appear,

we shall be like him;

for we shall see him as he is.”

1 John 3:2

There is no higher good than to be known as God’s own child and in pureness of heart we will see Jesus. If you’re wondering what constitutes a pure heart, it begins with receiving Jesus into your heart believing he is the Christ the Son of God who was born of a virgin, suffered death on the cross for our sin, then rose the third day to give us life.

Then Jesus describes a pure heart as the one that –

“Shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,

and with all thy soul,

and with all thy mind

… and…

shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”

Matthew 22:37,39

The pure heart has no room for hatred. It only has room for loving God above all else and loving others.

My grandsons and niece had to scrub awhile to get every nook and cranny clean. I’m not sure the clothes ever got free of grime. But this I am sure of – the blood of Jesus Christ is abundantly sufficient to cleanse completely the sin from our lives and make us pure within. For He took our sin upon himself to secure our purity before the Father. Who could refuse such love as this?

“Blessed are the pure in heart; 

for they shall see God.”

One day we shall see him face to face. Until then, may others see him in us.

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