Children’s Prayer new series: Happy are the pure in heart
Clean your heart!
The Bible talks about the heart as the deepest part of a person, where all their thoughts, desires, intentions, decisions, works and deeds spring from. That’s why a pure, clean, sincere heart has the greatest reward: seeing God.
The opposite of a clean heart is hypocrisy. When our actions seek first and foremost to win the admiration of others, we are forgetting about God. Jesus accuses the Pharisees of hypocrisy and warns us to be on guard against it.
A good heart leads to sincere, honest intentions. The deeds of a clean heart are those mentioned in the beatitudes: acts of love, righteousness and mercy.
With a clean heart we can see God. When we purify our heart of temptations in the world that might make it dirty, we see God’s image more clearly. God reveals himself to us.
The beatitudes are the portrait of Jesus and he is the model for the clean of heart. Since his heart is completely clean, he can see God face to face: his whole life is a relationship of exchange with God the Father.
But we can’t become clean of heart merely through our own efforts; we need God to help us. When our inabilities make us weep and we hunger and thirst for righteousness, God takes pity on us and turns our heart of stone into a heart of flesh as clean and pure as the one he created in paradise, and that is when we can see him.
Toni, who wants to see God
PS In the Children’s Bible, look out for the comic and film for the story: “The Sermon on the Mount: the Beatitudes”.
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