Matt. 5:8 says, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." It is God's purpose to make us of a pure heart. This is a constant challenge for us, for Jesus told us that "...out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness..." Mark 7:21,22. We need to keep looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, Sin can easily cling to us, so we must look away from all that distracts, Heb. 12:2. Jesus endured the cross, and all temptation, and He is our example to consider, so that we do not become discouraged. "You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, stiving against sin." Heb. 12:4. We must strive against sin, refusing to give into it. God spoke to Cain in Gen. 4:7, "...if you do not do well, sin lies at the door, and its desire is for you, but you should rule over it." Sin is like a wild animal crouching at your door, waiting for an opportunity to pounce. Chase the little animal away! Tell it to go! Give it no opportunity to pounce! "Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one shall see the Lord." Heb. 12:14. People, people, people! Dealing with people often means we must deal with anger, strife, and unforgiveness in our hearts. Sin stops the Holy Spirit's work in us, and without Him working in us, we will not see the Lord. We are warned not to be like Esau, who sold his birthright for a pot of stew. He became a godless, impure person, giving up his inheritance for a single temporal meal to satisfy his flesh. He did not struggle against sin, he gave into it. Fight against bitterness, unforgiveness, and compromise, lest sexual sin or godlessness be in our hearts. By the grace of God, we can have a pure heart. Sin takes as much space as it can get. "For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under the law, but under grace." Rom. 6:14. It is our responsibility to keep our hearts pure, and only then will we see God.
Am I walking with a pure heart today?
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