The Lord has been dealing with me lately about having and maintaining “a pure heart” … The Bible says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Jesus declared. (Matthew 5:8)
“Rotten at the core” is a phrase that comes to mind regarding our hearts… and just like fruit, if it’s rotten there, eventually the rottenness will reveal itself elsewhere! Here is how the Bible puts it: “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked! Who can know it? [Answer?] ‘I the Lord search the heart and test the mind.’” (Jeremiah 17:9-10)
The writer of Proverbs emphasized the importance of our hearts to the entirety of our lives – our spirit soul and body – when he said, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow all the springs of life!” (Proverbs 4:23)
So if there is anything I need to give attention to… Anything I need to be vigilant about… Anything I need to be scrupulously careful about protecting… it’s the purity of my heart… and I intend to do just that!
This morning God’s word spoke to this issue in my life from the epistle of James during my time of “coffee with the Lord”…
“What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? 2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it! And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. You adulterous people! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God… God gives grace generously! As the Scriptures say, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ (from Proverbs 3:34) So humble yourselves before God! Resist the devil, and he will flee from you! Come close to God, and God will come close to you! Wash your hands! you sinners; PURIFY YOUR HEARTS, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world! Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.” (from James 4:1–10 New Living Translation)
Yes, James, I’m hearing you! With God’s help and grace I’m going to be vigilant about it… I’m going to “keep my heart pure!” Critically important stuff!