Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Question: How would having a pure heart affect our motives?
Answer: A motive is what causes us to act. It is the reason we do the things we do. A pure heart would be one in which all trace of selfishness is gone. If you give money to a charity, for instance, it would be from the motive of love, and not because you want others to praise
your generosity, or honor you with awards. Your charity would not be tainted with some other motive, or reason, for acting. It would be pure.
“Love for God and man is the true incentive in both healing and teaching. Love inspires, illumines, designates, and leads the way. Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom
to speech and action.” (S&H 454)
“Heaven’s signet is Love. We need it to stamp our religions and to spiritualize thought, motive, and endeavor.” (Healing 19)
“Unselfish ambition, noble life-motives, and purity, — these constituents of thought, mingling,
constitute individually and collectively true happiness, strength, and permanence.” (S&H 58)
“The signs of the wayfarer in divine Science lie in meekness, in unselfish motives and acts . . . in the purification of the affections and desires.” (Ret. 79)
Keeping our motives pure is a life-long, but happy, task! We must start now, and keep working to purify our hearts.
Practice: Try doing a good deed for someone without expecting anything (including thanks!) in return. Perhaps you can be a “secret pal” to someone.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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