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It’s about the heart. If the heart is pure, then, what you do, will also be pure:
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”
– Matthew 6:21-23
“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
– Matthew 5:27-28
Then, Jesus says, figuratively, that they have to pluck out their eyes and cut off their hands:
“If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.”
– Matthew 5:29-30
But it’s about the state of the heart:
“He said to them, “Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, permitted you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so.”
– Matthew 19:8
“Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.”
– Matthew 7:17
It’s about the state of the heart. From a pure, righteous heart, come righteous deeds (good works). If you do unrighteous deeds (sin), then you don’t have a pure heart and you will not see God!
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
– Matthew 5:8
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.