Matthew 5:8 (NKJV)
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.
As I was praying about the best way to start our week of devotionals, this verse popped up. What a wonderful promise it is! As we start our week it is awesome to remember God’s eternal promise He makes to those who abstain from the things of this world.
Pure In Heart
In the Greek the idea of being pure in heart was closely related to the idea of living a straight and honest life. This, of course, should be the goal of every disciplined follower of Christ. The question remains, is this our goal each and every day?
Colossians 3:5 reminds us… Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry… How do we live a straight and honest life while being pure in heart? We must put to death the things that distract us from this goal. We once had a sinful identity. While we all lived at various ends of the sin spectrum, we all had a sinful nature. As soon as we accepted Christ, our identity should be in Him. We should reflect the One we place our hope in. When we strive to reflect Him, the things of this earth should cease in us.
A Great Promise
2 Timothy 2:11 offers us the following promise... This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him… If we die with His promise, we shall live with Him after death. But, we have to die with Him. Jesus gives us His commandments and promises that they should not be burdensome. The greatest of these commandments is love. If we love as Jesus loves it should lead to living a pure life.
Mark 7:21–23 offers a list of sins we can avoid if our focus is on love… (21) For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, (22) thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. (23) All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”
A person that loves both God and His children should never be associated with any of the items on the list above. We are certainly not going to go down through and explain why love cannot be exhibited in each of the characteristics on this list, what is important is that we identify which parts of this list are present in our life and make sure to abolish them. Nothing on this list shows the love of Christ and that should be our goal… to show the love of Christ to a world that desperately needs it.
If we are to attain God’s promise of eternal life, we must live a pure life. While we may never be perfect, and we are going to mess up, the goal should be to reflect Jesus in every aspect of our life. After all, if we are pure in heart, we shall see God! What a marvelous promise.
James 1:12 (NKJV)
12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.