devotional-kerryWe are called to be pure of heart – to have good, wholesome, and pure intentions, and not to be out for one’s own gain or for selfish ambitions.

What are your heart motives?

When one thinks of purity in the Christian sense, we often only think in the context of not being sexually immoral, but this is only one aspect of being pure before the Lord.

There are few things in this world that are truly pure. God is pure, Holy, and set apart from sinners. God’s word is pure (Psa. 119:140 AMP) and Jesus is pure (holy, blameless) (Heb. 7:26 NIV).

The other aspect of being pure, is the area of the heart – which would include the mind, the will, and the intentions or heart motives. Are our motives ones of innocence, of guiltless or blameless behaviour? It will always be portrayed in the way we think, act and behave towards others.

Are we doing things with an innocent heart, and out of love for a brother or sister, or do we secretly hope to get something out of somebody, or a situation?

We may not even realize that everything we do is calculated to obtain a certain result (manipulating the outcome). Often it is learned behaviour as a result of our upbringing or from past unhealthy relationships.

We need to take a hard look at ourselves, and ask ourselves why do we do the things we do? We may think no one can see through us, but often people can. Even if we can fool others, we can never fool God. God knows and sees everything.

We need to desire after the things of God, and God desires that we keep our hearts and minds fixed upon God.

Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Phil. 4:8 NIV)

Ask God to reveal to you that which is impure, and that which is holding you back in your walk with the Lord. Perhaps there is a bitter root that needs to be plucked out? One that is affecting how we think, how we perceive the world in general, and our resultant behaviour.

Take the time to reflect, and to sit quietly before the Lord, and ask the Lord to reveal these things to you.

God is a God of love and has only the best intentions and plans for your life. Once we submit these areas of our lives before the Lord, we can only grow from the personal revelation, and from healing, which comes from being in the presence of the Lord.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” (Matt. 5:8 NIV)

Blessings

Kerry Murch
Deacon, DGFC