Have you ever seen a painting that you admire? I’m sure you have. I am amazed at the skill of artists. They can combine paints of different colors onto a canvas and create fascinating, even striking, images. One of the things artists understand is contrast. To capture the effect of light splashing from a window, they often paint it in a dark scene. The contrast of the deeper colors makes the shaft of light depicted pop from the canvas. Some artists are renowned for the depiction of light.
Understanding a contrast can also be helpful in understanding the Beatitude in Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (NIV) A contrast is found 2 Timothy 2:22. It says, “Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” (NIV) In the passage, the evil desires of youth contrast with the pure in heart.
So what are these evil desires? 1 Peter 4:4 lists several, including, “debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry.” (NIV) These are the darker colors that reveal the light of a pure heart.
As we leave this Beatitude, I encourage you to care for the needy and keep yourself unstained from evil desires. Remember that God is the source of forgiveness and transformation. Follow him in faith!
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