The Sixth Beatitude : Blessed are the pure in heart,
What does this particular Beatitude show us about Jesus’ love for us? This Beatitude shows us the ‘depth’ of Jesus’ love for us by being interested in our heart. What is important for Jesus is not the many good deeds that we do, but he is interested in knowing that such good deeds are done with a pure, clean heart.
Jesus is interested in sinners being able to make it to the loving Father, by acknowledging their mistakes, by asking forgiveness and by changing their lives. This is only possible if each sinner changes his life of sin that results in an unclean heart, and through the love of the Father be transformed to have a clean, pure heart that disassociates itself from sin.
The heart carries all the secrets of a person, which only the person himself knows about… besides God. Amongst such secrets, one may carry negative secrets, which as is written in Matthew 15-18-20 the ‘…things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts – murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person…’
It is for this reason that Jesus is very much interested in our heart, in having a pure heart, so that mankind does not fall into the trap of sin. This particular Beatitude gives the person hope to trust in Him by letting go of sin and as a result obtain a clean heart.
…for they will see God.
The reward for all those who are clean in heart and who renounce sin from their lives is, to see God. What ultimate reward can anyone hope for in one’s life, other than that of seeing God?
This is Jesus’ ultimate love for us all: teaching us how to become a better person to overcome sin and reap the reward through a pure heart. The reward of seeing God is there for all of us to achieve by experiencing the love of God given to us on earth, and by seeing God in heaven… which is the greatest reward for eternity.
It is only through Him that we can be purified. Are you working to have a clean and pure heart? What obstacles are there in your life preventing you from having a clean heart? Through God’s grace, through His love for you, it is possible for you to have a clean heart and to be rewarded for it by seeing God.
God is waiting for you.
God Bless You
George Calleja (Christian Author)