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“Purity is the foundation of theology and a true relationship with God…Christ is quite clear that purity of our heart is essential in the knowledge of God…Often purity in a Christian context is reduced to abstinence from carnal desires. But purity is much bigger than just that. Purity is more about a state of our whole being and an attitude and condition of the heart.” (Dynamis 7/2/2018, Father Stephen Freeman, Sacramental Living Ministries)


“The pure in heart are completely devoted to the worship and service of God and accept no compromises. With the aid of the Holy Spirit, those who achieve purity practice all virtue, have no conscious evil in themselves, and live in temperance. This level of spirituality is attained by few, but all may strive for it. When the soul's only desire is God, and a person's will holds to this desire, then that person will indeed see God everywhere.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Matthew 5:8)


Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. The brain has come up in the world, while the heart has been demoted. The heart used to be widely recognized as the locus of God’s activity within us, the hub of human identity and conscience, linked with our capacity to love, the core not only of physical but also of spiritual life—the ground zero of the human soul. In our brain-centered society, we ought to be surprised that Christ didn’t say, “Blessed are the brilliant in mind.” Instead, He blessed purity of heart.” (Fr. John Oliver)


“Everyone is given by God the ability to see and hear Him. However, since God always speaks of purity, righteousness, holiness, faith, forgiveness, goodness, and the like, many are offended and push His influence out of their hearts.” (Eric M. Hill)


“…He says to others, ‘The Kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21).’ By this we should learn that if a man’s heart has been purified from every creature and unruly affections, he will see the image of the divine nature of his own beauty…for God imprinted on our nature the likeness of this glories of His own nature.” (Saint Gregory of Nyssa)


“Often purity in a Christian context is associated with sex and abstinence from poor sexual thoughts or behavior. But purity is much bigger than just that. Purity is more about a state of our whole being and an attitude and condition of the heart.” (Sacramental Living Ministries)

“Proverbs 6:16-19 tell us that the Lord hates six things, and seven are an abomination to Him - A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren… The list refers to pride, arrogance, haughtiness, lying, murder, evil inclinations and causing dissention – all of which reveal a heart that is not of God…sex is absent from this list. This does not mean we should not behave properly in this regard. It just serves as reminder that proper sexual behavior alone should not give us a level of deceptive self-satisfaction that we are close with God if we are not avoiding everything on this list.” (Sacramental Living)

“Purity of heart, by which is meant clarity of thinking, means to keep the heart and mind free of thoughts that distract us from prayer and loving service of neighbor.” (Hieromonk Maximus)

“Jesus refutes their [Pharisees] views that ritual purity depends on outward actions. Rather it is the state of the heart that determines a person's purity.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Matthew 15:1- 20)

“If we seek purity of life and holiness solely by means of our own strength, we risk becoming discouraged. The fatal delusion of self-sufficiency eventually plunges us into despair. Let us rather depend upon the Church and the Holy Spirit to bring us to Christ, teaching us to receive the healing touch of His hand and His blessing.” (Dynamis 12/24/2014)


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