Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8)
God has designed the heart to be the habitation of His Holy Spirit. To be a human being is a noble and glorious thing, for we were designed to live in spiritual union and harmony with God. God loves us and has made us to be His children–members of his household with whom He can share His inmost thoughts. The problem is that we are sinners, and our sin separates us from God. Sin contaminates the heart and blinds our spiritual vision.
To become pure in heart, we must confess our sin before God in genuine repentance. Whenever we confess our sin, God has promised to forgive us, applying the blood of Jesus Christ as a covering. But we must not receive forgiveness only to return to our sin; we must repent. Repentance is an intentional turning away from sin by which we work to rid ourselves of our besetting sins, the sinful habits and patterns that have taken root within our soul. The cleansing of the heart is a process, but the Holy Spirit is our helper, who will both convict us of our sinful condition and encourage us to take substantial steps forward.
The result of spiritual purification is our ability to see God, that is, to perceive God’s presence, purposes, and will. When we see God, we are no longer spiritually blind but can understand what God is doing in the world and in our personal lives. The result of a clear spiritual vision is a deep, abiding joy and peace within our soul.
Lord God, help me to become pure in heart so that I might see you. Encourage me to daily confess my sins and work to eradicate my besetting sinful habits. Help me to taste the joy of spiritual purity and to pursue it fervently. Keep me from discouragement and enable me to make substantial progress toward the life of holiness.