I was reading this morning in I Timothy chapter 1 when verse 5 caught my attention. It says Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith. Love from a pure heart stuck out to me. I began to think about the definition of pure and according to the dictionary it means not mixed or adulterated with any other substance, uncontaminated, sterile, and unpolluted. As I thought about this definition I wondered are our hearts pure? I then looked up the definition of the biblical word heart and it means the inner aspects of a man, made of three parts:
- Mental Process – which is the major part (where action and reaction take place), which is to lead a person in their life.
- Emotions – is as icing to enrich our lives
- Will -Where decisions are made between the rational and the emotive.
As I prayed I realized there is nothing pure about our hearts. We would have to be innocent and blameless to have a pure heart. I thought about how our egos stem from our hearts along with our thoughts and motives. The very sins we commit on a daily basis stem from the heart. I searched for other scripture that referred to the pure of heart like Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. My favorite was Psalm 51:10-11 Create in me a clean (pure) heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do take Your Holy Spirit from me. This verse reminded me that I may not have a pure heart on my own but through the Blood of Jesus Christ, I am being sanctified. Jesus Christ is the only way we can have a pure heart. A pure heart is not external behavior but it is an internal change. As Christians we have a internal desire to serve our Lord and Savior. We may fail at times, but Jesus is there to pick us up and dust us off. He died on the cross so you and I could have a pure heart. The Holy Spirit is the only way our hearts can be pure and thank you Jesus for sending Him to us.
As Christians we are not perfect and you may even feel defeated at this moment, but know who holds your future. Know that there are none greater than the One who died for you. The One who shed his blood so you and I could have eternity with Him. He is the pureness in our hearts.
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