“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8
This verse attracted my attention early in life. I had learned that my name Karen means “pure and beautiful”. I had a great desire to be what my name called me. So, the search was on….and it was a very long, long search!
What does it mean to be pure? What does it mean to be beautiful? I sure did not feel like I fit either of these descriptions. I found some answers.
First, remember that we are studying the “beatitudes”. These characteristics are what Jesus says make a person beautiful! He looks on the heart. So, I can be beautiful when I build my house on the Rock! I can have a beautiful heart and a beautiful character and a beautiful countenance! I can be a beautiful person!
Second, consider being pure. My only hope in being pure is through Yeshua/Jesus and His blood shed to pay for my sin and impurity. This is the foundation of salvation. I am saved from sin, death, and the power/control/bondage of the devil that I might be joined and in relationship with Yeshua/Jesus. Then, in Him, I am restored to relationship with my Heavenly Father…and given a Helper in His Holy Spirit. I am made pure in spirit, and then purified in mind, soul, and body.
My sin is washed away and I am no longer condemned. BUT, that is no excuse to go back to or keep on sinning. I have just switched kingdoms and kingdom standards and kingdom ways. I must change from the corrupted worldly kingdom into the pure kingdom of heaven. I need to cooperate and work at this new right way (righteousness). I need to learn how to keep my heart pure…of one substance. This is love that focuses purely on Yeshua/Jesus, my new Bridegroom.
This is my purpose, my call, and my challenge. I am Karen….He calls me pure and beautiful…so I must do my best to be what He calls me to be. Again it is the pure Truth in pure Love.