Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Question: What does “pure” mean?
Answer: The word pure describes something that is spotless, stainless, free from dust, dirt, or taint, and is unmixed with any other matter. For instance, if you stuck some blue clay into a ball of white clay, and rolled it around awhile, that white clay would no longer be pure.
It would either be marbled looking, or a new shade of light blue. It would no longer be
usable as pure white clay.
With regard to people, someone pure would be free from moral fault, or anything that would weaken or pollute their thinking. A pure mind would contain nothing that does not properly belong there, such as thoughts that are wicked, filled with fear, or selfish desires.
Do you remember this from the Ten Commandments: “Thou shalt not commit adultery”?
Adultery is another word meaning “impure.” That Commandment is warning us not to make
impure what God has created to be pure. Mary Baker Eddy writes:
“In Science man is the off-spring of Spirit. The beautiful, good, and pure constitute his ancestry.”
Our goal is to keep ourselves pure, and to keep our thoughts clean and unstained by wickedness. We read in the Christian Science Hymnal:
“Whatever dims thy sense of truth
Or stains thy purity
Though light as breath of summer air,
O count it sin to thee.” (Hymn 383)
Practice: Create a plan of action to form a habit of watching your thoughts. You want to zap the bad thoughts before they try to blend with the good ones.
* * *
(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
[Note: if this online post appears to have missing lines, you may wish to switch to
another browser, such as Firefox or Chrome, or sign up for email posts]
To read more about this book and blog, please see the “About” page (use link at top
of page). To receive these weekday posts via email, locate the “Follow” button and sign up.
Go to the “Beatitudes” page (use link at top of page), to read previous posts, plus
introductory and background material to help in teaching the lessons.
To print out the image below, which is from the original book, click on the image and save to your computer. To read explanation on how to use these “clip and carry” lessons, see the “About” page.