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This past Sunday we dealt with the passage in Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

Pure in heart seems like a tall order, in fact the truth is none of us will ever reach it. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”

So is this an impossibility? Are we all doomed to never see God? Well, the truth is, on our own we are, but because of what God has done for us in Christ Jesus we can have a purity in our hearts that comes not through what we have done, but through what Christ has done for us.

For John 1:29 tells us that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. On the day that we accept Him as our Lord and Savior He takes away all the sins of our past and gives us a new purity that we could never have accomplished on our own.

That is why Paul writes in Philippians 3:13-14 “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God had called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

The problem that most of us face is, we are so wrapped up in our past mistakes that they keep us from becoming what God wants us to be.

Max Lucado in his book, “Anxious for Nothing” writes: God’s grace is greater than your sin. What you did was not good. But your God is good, and He will forgive you. There is a reason that the windshield is bigger than the rearview mirror. Your future matters more than your past.

Salvation has nothing to do with our good works, and everything to do with the work that Jesus finished on the Cross. For in that is the purity of heart that we all seek.

Won’t you accept it today?