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FRIDAY, MARCH 4 THE PURE IN HEART

FOR READING:   Matthew 5:1-11

MEMORY VERSE:   “Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God”. (Matthew 5:8)

A good dictionary will define pure as "conforming absolutely to a standard of quality; faultless." When a thing is pure, it is unmixed, unalloyed, unadulterated, uncontaminated or undefiled by anything foreign to itself. Depending upon the context, it can take on such sense as clear, entire, true, perfect, chaste, immaculate, spotless, untainted, good, moral, impeccable, honorable, principled, ethical, guiltless, flawless, sincere and many more.

A pure heart is pained at the sight of sin. "I beheld the transgressors and was grieved," said the Psalmist. So do all pure hearts feel. As far as it is consistent with duty, a pure heart will shun contact with the world, submitting to such contact only at the call of duty, and then going with much watchfulness and prayer. So contrary is the spirit of a pure heart from that of the world; there can be no points of sympathy between them. The one is all holy; the other is unholy, and worldly. The enjoyments of the one are all heavenly; of the other, all selfish. There can be no real fellowship between spirits so unlike.

The “pure in heart” are those who have been delivered from sin’s power by God’s grace and now strive without deceit to please and glorify God and to be like him.

(1) They seem to have the same attitude of heart that God has – a love for righteousness and a hatred of evil (Hebrews 1:9).
(2) Their heart (which includes minds, will and emotions) is in tune with the heart of God

The Bible says, only the pure in heart shall see God. To see God means to be His child and to dwell in his presence both now and in the future kingdom. (Rev. 21:7:22:4) - EMAA

FOR MEDITATION:     
•    Do I have a pure heart?
•    Who do I fellowship with the Spirit of God or the world?

PRAYER:    Your word is indeed true and powerful. Thank you Lord for delivering me from the power of sin by your Grace. Let me strive without deceit to please and glorify you. Amen
THOUGHT:    Let your heart be pure and you shall see God