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Matthew
  
8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. (Psalm24:3-5,51:12-13;1John3:2-3)


Are you pure in heart? What do you dream of night and day? Christ wants to cleanse your heart, purify your inner thoughts and fill you with the purity of His Spirit, that lust and covetousness might not overcome you. He wants you to enter into the freedom of the children of God and admit that it is impossible for you to live in purity by our own efforts. However, the Spirit of God can overcome the evil desires of your soul and body, make your tongue true, control your thoughts and refine your feeling.
True faith brings heart-purity. Those who are inwardly pure, show themselves to be under the power of a pure and undefiled religion. True Christianity lies in the heart, in the purity of heart, the cleansing of the heart from wickedness. We should lift up to God, not only clean hands, but a pure heart (Psalm 24:4,5).
Jesus confesses, “Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies” (Matthew 15:19). If our hearts are the source of our uncleanness, we need a new heart, a cleansed conscience, which will be granted by the redemption of Jesus and His gift of the Holy Spirit.
God promises you that you will see His glory, not because of your achieved goodness or your own righteousness, but because the blood of Christ cleanses you from every sin (1 John 1:7) and His powerful Spirit helps you to overcome the whims of your flesh. The joy of seeing God is promised to those, and those only, who are “pure in heart.” None but the pure in heart are granted to see God, and there will be no lasting joy for the impure, who will not see God. What pleasure could an unsanctified soul take in the vision of the holy God? As He cannot endure to look upon their iniquity, so they cannot endure to look upon His holiness. No unclean thing can enter into the new heaven, only those that are “pure in heart,” all who are sanctified, having desires wrought in them, which nothing but the sight of God will satisfy. The divine grace will not leave those desires unsatisfied.
Do you participate in the struggle of the Spirit of God against your sins? He who overcomes by the name of Jesus shall see God our heavenly Father and shall be with Him forever. Do you long to see God, or do you seek to return to your impure and corrupt old life? Come to your merciful Lord, and he will purify you through the blood of Jesus Christ, which cleanses us from all sin (1 John 1:7). He is faithful to you, even if you slip into sin again unwillingly.

Question
How can you become pure? (1 John 1:7)