Is being pure old fashioned?

 

Hi folks

Matthew chapter 5 v 8 says “Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.” 

God places great value on being clean, especially in terms of purity of heart. Also, we can easily become defiled, whereas remaining clean requires constant vigilance, a determined discipline, and a clear vision of what lies before us to serve as a prod to keep us on track.  This is true whether at work or play!

Since it is sin that defiles, this beatitude demands from us the most exacting self-examination. Are our work and service done from selfless motives or from a desire for self-display? Is our church-going a sincere attempt to meet God or merely fulfilling a respectable habit? Are our prayers and Bible study a heartfelt desire to commune with God, or do we pursue them because they make us feel pleasantly superior? Is our life lived with a conscious need of God, or are we merely seeking comfort in our piety? 

To examine our motives honestly can be a daunting and shaming but very necessary discipline, but considering Christ’s promise in this beatitude, it is well worth whatever effort and humbling of self it takes.

 

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