Our church has been going through a 40 Days of Prayer study together. We have a small booklet that leads us through a devotional each day for 40 days. I wanted to share a little bit about what I learned from one of them.
“The pure in heart are blessed,
for they will see God.”
Matthew 5:8 (HCSB)
I don’t know about you, but I want a pure heart. The bible says that if we have pure hearts, we will be blessed because we will see God. And I want to see God.
When I think of pure, I think of freshly fallen snow. There is nothing more beautiful.
Unfortunately, that crisp white snow doesn’t stay beautiful for long. Very quickly it can become dirty from our cars and other pollutants from this world.
I want my heart to look like the first picture, but so many times, it looks more like the second one.
My heart becomes dirty from the things of this world. Maybe it is the shows that I watch on tv, the conversations I have with friends, the music I listen to, or the things I see in everyday life that begin to make my heart impure. Isn’t it hard to stay pure in this impure world?
But I want to see God. I want to see Him each day.
One of my favorite verses is found in Phillipians 4:8…
I believe this verse tells us how to keep a pure heart. We are to think on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.
Think about such things.
I love the way this same verse is written in The Message…
We are to “fill our minds” and “meditate” on these things.
How do we do that?
Well, I don’t have a perfect answer, but here are my thoughts…
We can pray. We can pray and ask God to help us have a pure heart and be more like Him.
We can read God’s word. This is one of the most important things we can do. I am so grateful for my church that teaches me God’s word.
The bible teaches me to be more like Christ. I will never be perfect like Christ is, but I can try to live as He would have me to.
We can listen to music that is uplifting. (I usually listen to KLOVE radio in the car.)
We can watch shows and movies that are good, not ones that would fill our minds with ugly thoughts.
We can surround ourselves with friends that encourage and inspire us. I have a LOT of great friends, and I am so thankful.
Trying to be pure in heart is not an easy journey, but if we ask God to help us each day, I know we can do it.
And let’s pray for each other, okay?
Edited at 3:30 pm
I wrote this post before I went to church this morning, and while I was sitting in church, I thought of something that I had to add to my post.
I want you to know that if we believe in Jesus Christ that he washes us white as snow!
Isaiah 1:18 says…
“Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.”
I know that our hearts can be made dirty by our own sins and the evil of this world, but when we are in Christ, we are forgiven and washed clean.
1 John 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Isn’t that awesome?! So as I was sitting in church, I thought about the two pictures that I had put in this post, and I couldn’t help buy smile when I thought that when God looks at us, he sees this…
Because of Jesus, our sins can be washed away. That is certainly something to celebrate!
I didn’t want anyone to think that if their heart is “dirty” or “impure” that God doesn’t love them. That is the furthest thing from the truth!!! God loves us just the way we are, but loves us so much, he doesn’t want us to stay that way. :) He provides a way for us to be made right with Him through Jesus Christ. If we only believe. Halleluiah and Amen!
God bless you, friends!
I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!