Matthew 5:8 ”
“Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.”
We wash our hands, our face, our hair, our bodies, behind our ears but do we wash our hearts? Obviously we really can’t open ourselves up and scrub our heart and put it back. Who are the clean or pure of heart?
They are those who have repented of their sins, and had their sins forgiven, and those who never have sinned. John says in Revelation that nothing unclean can enter Heaven. (cf: Rev 21:27)
Jesus says in Mark 10:14-15, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” Who’s more clean and pure of heart than a child? Perhaps those with mental disabilities. That innocence and total reliance of their caregivers. As we grow older and begin to sin, we also lose our childlike innocence and grow less dependent on our caregivers and more on ourselves. We become less dependent on God. We find ourselves only going to God when things get rough and when we want something.
We can regain that childlike innocence through our repentance and forgiveness and becoming less reliant on ourselves and put our faith into God providing.