When we read Matthew 5:8 we are struck once more with the chasm that exists between the mind of God and the mind of man.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Personal pleasure and selfish, lustful pursuits characterize far too many in our culture. Hedonism is the order of the day. If you want it, go for it. If it feels good, do it. Lust, jealousy, greed, hatred, bigotry, envy, and arrogance are all heart defects that bring untold misery into the lives of those affected by them.
But those who would be followers of Jesus must embrace the quest for purity within. My hope of enjoying life in the presence of God rests in part on my desire for and pursuit of purity and holiness.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
Search your heart today and begin to root out any and all signs of impurity (2 Cor. 7:1).