Let me share with you a little bit of my life. I was a teenager, and I was living my life, like every other teenager, maybe a little bit more intense than most of them. Until one day when someone asked me to take a look in my heart.
I did not pay attention at the beginning, but later I decided to take a look in my heart. And it was not a surprise when I found out that my heart was dead, totally lifeless. But not only that, it was worse, that heart was the proof that God was not there, neither His life nor His joy. This is the heart without Christ, or before Christ: It is dark, it is dirty, it is smelly.
I learned that I should ask God for a new heart, and He would give it to me. I went to the cross and asked God for a new heart. I gave my old one and received a new one. That changed everything in my life. My whole life was changed. Now I had a new heart from God inside my chest, and I wanted to keep it clean and pure.
In the next Beatitude Jesus talks about this: Matt. 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
This Beatitude talks about Holiness, and Sanctification. The difference is that it is from inside, from the heart. It is about how I will take care of this new heart that I have.
Let us take a look at those words used here by our Lord Jesus:
Pure: The word means, clean, pure, clear of responsibility, innocent.
Heart: heart, mind (seat of thought and emotion). The heart was thought to be the seat of the inner self (composed of life, soul, mind, and spirit). “Heart” is similar in meaning to “soul,” but often the “heart” has a focus on thinking and understanding
It is important for us to understand that in the Bible HEART = MIND
This is why Jesus said:
Matt. 9:4 Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?
Mark 2:8 ¶ Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?
Mark 7:21 For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery,
Today we have the division between mind and heart, but in the Bible they are together. They feel with the heart and they think with the heart.
1 – A PURE HEART BEGINS WITH GOD
The first thing that we must realize is that a pure heart is not fruit of our religiosity. It is a product of God’s action in our lives. This is what the prophet Ezekiel tells us:
“Ezek. 36:25-26 I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”
In this text God is promising a new heart to his people. It is important for us to understand that Heart = Mind. God is promising a new mindset for His people, so we would see the world in a different way.
When we come to Christ with our poor, dirty, and broken heart, He will change our heart and will give us a new one.
This why Paul says: “2Cor. 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
In Christ we have a new heart.
Have a blessed week,