Purity Of Heart

J. D. Conley
January 31, 2016

The remorseful David was inspired to write, "Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow" (Psalm 51:7). What is whiter than snow? The dazzling brilliance of the recent snowfall serves to remind Christians of the moral purity that is to characterize their lives. Nothing is whiter than snow, or is there? David said he could be whiter than snow. Isaiah declared, "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow..." (Isaiah 1:18). Even though sin leaves a dark stain it needn't be an indelible one. The stain of sin can be lifted from the moral fabric of our life provided it comes into contact with the blood of Christ, (Eph.1:7; Heb.9:13-14; Rev.1:5). His sin cleansing blood is reached in the act of baptism for the remission of sins, (Acts 22:16; Rom.6:3-4). When our sins are washed away in baptismal waters, then we are made whiter than snow, and our sins are no longer scarlet colored.

Sadly, our spiritual garments do not stay unblemished for long. The spiritually snow colored Christian will inevitably sin again. But the apostle John writes, "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" (1John 2:1). Just prior to this, John wrote, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1John 1:9). These verses assure Christians that we have the blessing of Divine aid and the forgiveness of any sin. These supernal blessings enable us to maintain constant purity of heart!

Thus purity of heart is not a question of possibility. Through the Son, the Father makes its possible to live a pure life untainted by sin, (1John 3:2-3). The only question is, "Have we resolved to do it?"

There are many admonitions in Scripture that call for purity of heart. There are also motivations for wanting to have a pure heart. Jesus says: "Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God" (Matthew 5:8). This verse alone serves as a great motivator to live a pure life, because without purity of heart, we can never see God.

"Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin" (Proverbs 20:9)? Hopefully - you and I can!