Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
The second 4 snapshots are about your heart relationship before God as you relate to others. Today we come to the sixth snapshot or beatitude. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matthew 5:8)
On the surface being “pure in heart” doesn’t appear to have much to do with others. But when you check it out as this term is used throughout the Scriptures, it’s clear that “pure in heart” is about being loyal, honest and trustworthy as a friend. In the Proverbs it says “the king’s friend is pure in heart.” Pure in heart is one who can be counted on at all times—a safe person to have on your team.
To relate as a friend is to develop relationships where there is trust and love! Where there is trust and love, there is affirmation. Don’t relate to others as friends for their approval. You don’t want to give anyone that much power. You only seek approval from your Creator—your Higher Power. With friends, you must seek affirmation.
Without reframing your weaknesses and your desperate need for God, you’ll fall short of being pure in heart. Without proper mourning you waste your sorrows and troubles, because without proper mourning there is no comfort and joy—no satisfaction. Without that satisfaction, you will find it very difficult to relate as a friend. And, without practicing being merciful, you will have nothing to offer a friend.
Everyone is in desperate need of the dynamic of friendship. Without a friendship you die. Life flows through it and death reigns without it. How are you doing in developing this discipline? Make sure to live your life with trusted and loving friends. A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and sings it back to you, when you’ve forgotten the words. But there’s one more dynamic I’d like to suggest. Turn your friends into “walking partners” as you walk your walk with Jesus. Learn to discuss and do things in the name of Jesus and in the spirit of his Kingdom in that relationship. This will deepen any friendship into a life partnership as you learn to do life together.
ONE MORE THING: The pure in heart are given a special reward for taking care of the heart. They will see God. Whatever else that means, it’s clear that God puts a high premium on your heart. Want to see God, then allow Him to own your heart. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”