Matthew 5:8 (NIV)
8. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
And how do you get a pure heart, especially when we’re broken from the beginning (thanks Adam) and we have the devil that prowls around like a lion looking for us to devour?
Yet, the pure of heart are blessed and they shall see God.
Proverbs 29:23 (ESV)
One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.
Isaiah 55:7 (NLT)
7 Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.
The path to a pure heart is to God. God forgives. God died for our sins. It’s not something that we can do on our own and get there. Dirty doesn’t clean itself and you can’t make dirty clean by adding more dirty to it. That’s what we do when we try to clean ourselves up by ourselves. We need to get clean with clean. We need to get pure by adding purity. God’s grace is sufficient.
And the only thing that’s purely pure is God.
Humble yourself to God, to Christ, to the Holy Spirit and purify.