IS YOUR HEART PURE?
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” - Matthew 5:8.
It was an intriguing question the Psalms writer asked in Psalm 24 vs. 3, when he said “Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place?” The answer to this question must have come to him by a deep revelation which he shares in the next verse. The only person that can ascend the hill of the LORD, and stand in His holy place is “He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully” (Psalm 24 vs. 4). Here in Matthew 5 vs. 8, our Lord Jesus Christ establishes the point beyond doubt, that it is only those with pure hearts that shall see God. Purity of heart is that one characteristic of those who shall have fellowship with God on this earth and be qualified to dwell with Him forever in heaven.
Why is this heart condition so important? you may ask. The heart is often used to describe the mind of man. Just as the heart functions as an organ of the body that serves to circulate blood to all parts of the body, so does the mind of man affect the entirety of his being. Just as the heart of man resides inside him and is unseen, so also is the mind, unseen to the physical eyes. It is what Apostle Peter calls the “hidden man of the heart” (1 Peter 3 vs. 4). The human mind is the center of thought conception and formation. Just as a critical deformity or failure of the heart has negative impact on the health of the body, so also does the corruption of the mind bring grave consequences to the life of man. We know by Scripture that when God looks at man, he not only sees his body, but his “hidden man of the heart”; his mind, his soul. 1st Samuel 16 vs. 7 reveals that “the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.” God declares, “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings” (Jeremiah 17 vs. 10). King David declares in 1st Chronicles 29 vs.17, “I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness”.
What does God see when He looks on us and see our hearts? He can only be pleased to look on us if our hearts are pure. In Genesis 6 vs. 5, God did take a look on men that made Him regret, “The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually”.Hence, He cannot bear to take such a look as Habakkuk tells us He has “purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity” (Habakkuk 1 vs. 13). Little wonder then that if there is a place Satan attacks most, it is not the body, but the heart of man. Satan seeks to corrupt and make our hearts filthy in order to cut us away from God and keep us from pleasing Him. Consequent upon the fall of man into sin in the Garden of Eden, man’s heart became deceitful and desperately wicked (Jeremiah 17 vs. 9).
How then can we have the blessedness of a pure heart as our Lord Jesus Christ tells us? First, our heart becomes renewed when we surrender to Jesus Christ, accepting His atonement for sin and are cleansed by His precious blood. God does this by giving us a new life by the grace of justification and regeneration and we have God's infallible word in John 3:16 that declares "whosoever believes in Jesus Christ shall not perish, but have everlasting life". Today, God will give you a new heart and everlasting life if you will acknowledge you have an impure and sinful heart and see your need of a new life. Repent of your sins and call on Jesus Christ, the Saviour, to save you now and make you a new person with a pure heart.
Will you turn to Christ now?
“Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Today I repent of all my sins (name the sins you know you've been committing), and I give up every sinful habit and lifestyle. Forgive me, give me a new life and a new heart. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.”
If you have said this prayer with the whole of your heart, then be assured God has heard you and saved you. You now need to seek out a church around you where you will get to know God more and be baptized so you can live the new life you have received by Christ death and resurrection. I pray that you shall not be cast into Hell, but shall be welcome into Heaven to live eternally with God when your life in this world ends. God bless you.
God gives us a new heart and we can have fellowship with Him, however, Satan never gives up trying to desecrate and pollute that new heart, hence our need to watch and be on guard. Proverbs 4 vs. 23 counsels us thus, “Keep your heart with all vigilance (or diligence) for from it flows the springs of life”. Also we must present our whole life as a living sacrifice to God, holy and acceptable to Him. The way to do this is to renew our minds by allowing the word of God to transform us, helping us to discern what is the will of God and what is good, acceptable and perfect before Him (Romans 12 vs. 1-2). We must resist every sinful thought that try to get into our minds. We must resist thoughts of covetousness, immorality, jealousy, anger, etc. We must focus our minds to think of things that are honest, pure, lovely, things of good report, virtue, and things worthy of praise. Do you want to have the blessedness of seeing God? Keep your heart pure (Philippians 4 vs. 8). May we be found without blemish at the appearance of our blessed Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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