Understanding our Heart
In order to have a pure heart, we must seek for it. We must want it. Without desiring to be pure, we will tend to despise instead of treasure the Lord's teaching on this most crucial topic.
Our goal is a pure heart, unblemished by the world. A pure object is clean and without impurities. A pure heart has no divisions, no other purposes or causes. No distractions from its devoted goal.
We need to understand that we were designed to have the Lord as our chief affection. Anything less than this is sin and rebellion. Anything that distracts us from the Lord are idols.
Purity of heart goes beyond outward conformity right to the very core of our affections and choices. Many a pastor or parent might be content with only the conservative shaping of their followers' activities. The Lord however looks at the heart.
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However, by the Spirit's work, we should as His children be able to affirm our heart's cleanness to some measure. John says, "Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God." (1 John 3:21)