Friday, June 18, 2010

Pure

I can't get this verse out of my head, "To the pure in heart, all things are pure."

I've heard it a million times before, but it really stuck out to me this week.

What does it really mean? And, how can it actually be accomplished?

Because, honestly, my mind and heart automatically go the opposite direction of purity.

I have to make a conscious effort every day to turn my thoughts around to purity. It just doesn't come naturally AT ALL. I have first-hand experience with the verse that says "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked."

So, again, how is it possible? I don't think it is ... at least not within our own power.

Our only help is dwelling daily in prayer and God's Word. Not just daily, but constantly. Otherwise, there's no hope that any of us will see God. The Bible says that only the pure in heart will see Him.

Here are the verses themselves - Titus 1:15-16 (Amplified)

15To the pure [in heart and conscience] all things are pure, but to the defiled and corrupt and unbelieving nothing is pure; their very minds and consciences are defiled and polluted.

16They profess to know God [to recognize, perceive, and be acquainted with Him], but deny and disown and renounce Him by what they do; they are detestable and loathsome, unbelieving and disobedient and disloyal and rebellious, and [they are] unfit and worthless for good work (deed or enterprise) of any kind.

Read it from The Message: Titus 1:15-16

Everything is clean to the clean-minded; nothing is clean to dirty-minded unbelievers. They leave their dirty fingerprints on every thought and act. They say they know God, but their actions speak louder than their words. They're real creeps, disobedient good-for-nothings.

That's serious business right there ... "disobedient good-for-nothings."

God, that's not what I want to be.

I want to say I know God and know that I know God. I don't want to say I know God and proceed to live like I don't.

I want my heart to be pure. I want to see things as pure.

That sure would make my life a lot easier. Then, I wouldn't have to do so much of the "taking thoughts captive" process. And I really want to see God ... or should I say, fall down on my face before Him because honestly I think that gazing upon Him would be too much.

Not only do I want my heart to be pure, my thoughts to be pure, but my love for God to be pure.

I want to strive toward having pure love for God ... love that has no strings attached ... love that doesn't require anything in return ... just pure love for my Creator, my God, my King, my Savior, my Lord, my Father.


4 Comments:

Queen Mother said...

Amen sweet sister!

sara said...

that's what I want to.

Katie@The Baby Factory said...

great post! good thoughts!!!!

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Amen, Mama B.

The process of staying pure is a constant labor, isn't it? It's hard. And sometimes I'm just ready for glory, so I can remain pure without all the battle with my flesh. Ugh.

I love this statement: "...or should I say, fall down on my face before Him because honestly I think that gazing upon Him would be too much."

Amen.