Matters of the Heart

Jesus said in Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” The Greek word “pure” means: Clean, pure, clear, in natural sense unsoiled, unalloyed. This is a heart with no admixture of sin. Jesus knew no sin (2 Corinthians 5:21), so His heart was always pure, and He lived in a face to face relationship with His Father.

If you have been a Christian for any length of time you have discovered that living the life the Bible is calling us to, is not working. You probably can relate to the Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 7:21, “I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.” Even though our sins are forgiven we are still hindered from living Godly.

Jesus, in Mark 7:18-23 is explaining to His disciples what He meant by the parable He spoke of in verse 15, “Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside  cannot defile him, because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated? That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.” Our hearts have been corrupted by sin, and it’s the enemy of our souls that is keeping us from doing that which is good. The only way we can acquire a pure heart is through the Spirit of God.

In Dueteronomy 30:6, “Moreover the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, so that you may live.” This is how we are going to get a pure heart. God himself is going to cut away the enemy and all his hurts so that you can love God and live. This is the abundant life Jesus spoke about in John 10:10.

In 1 Samuel 16:7, “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart." God is always looking at the heart and He knows what the enemy has done to us and how to change our hearts so we can love Him and live.

The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 8:29, “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.” This promise has yet to be fulfilled. The Greek word “conformed” means to take on the exact inward likeness of His Son. We are going to live in God with a pure heart, just like His Son.


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