The Lord Jesus Christ said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” Matthew 5:8. This led me to ponder about being right in one’s actions or politically correct in one’s speech; and I realized that however much we may seem proper to the observer; it is not the same as being pure in heart. Is it any wonder why God who sees the heart and mind of man is not impressed with merely our actions? He knows the state of a man’s heart.
When one of the key banners in life is to be pure in heart; this translates into being a person who ‘loves the Lord God with all your heart, your mind, your soul and your strength Mark 12:30. It seems easier for a man to profess love for God than for a brother, sister created in the likeness of God. The Word cautions us, “If anyone says, ‘I love God’, yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.” 1 John 4:19 -20. Many of us wonder how to love that difficult or offensive person in one’s life… to which the Lord Jesus tells each one of us …“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven” Mathew 7:44
Irrespective of the many friends around you, can you in earnest and honesty check your heart and note that person(s) you simply can’t stand, have marked unlovable or given into indulgence to hate.
Pure in Heart….to attain purity in heart requires each one of us to ‘break up your un-ploughed/Fallow ground (heart)’ Jeremiah 4:3-4 and in this we:-
- Earnestly repent to God the sin of hatred , bitterness, un-forgiveness etc towards a brother, a sister
- Pray for genuine love towards that brother, sister to flow in our hearts. The Lord Jesus Christ says ‘that if you ask anything according to his will, he hears us’… It is the will of God for love to flourish in our midst so ‘that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven’.
- As you allow God to use you as his instrument of love, ask for God’s grace to remain loving especially in the most challenging situations, for they will always be there.
“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven” Mathew 18:3.