Purity, meaning something not tainted by any outside influence, is something that is difficult to find in the world today.
So it is with our hearts. There are so many things that get in there that seek to corrupt and divide our loyalties. The heart is a tricky thing. Jeremiah 17 tells us, “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?” So to be “pure in heart” means to realize that our hearts can’t be trusted, that we can’t mix our desires with godly ones and come out with pure motives.
Purity of heart has everything to do with motive and nothing to do with behavior, but though this battle is fought within us inwardly, the victory can be seen in our outward actions. Jesus tells us that the blessed ones are those who seek God’s heart, because they will see God, and His heart and motives will be within them, and just maybe then others may see God and His heart through their actions.
Pastor Doug Hardin