“The wisdom that is from above is “first pure.” Into the city of God there will enter nothing that defiles. All who are to be dwellers there, will here have become pure in heart. In one who is learning of Jesus, there will be manifest a growing distaste for careless manners, unseemly language, and coarse thought. When Christ abides in the heart, there will be purity and refinement of thought and manner.
But the words of Jesus, “Blessed are the pure in heart,” have a deeper meaning,—not merely pure in the sense in which the world understands purity, free from that which is sensual, pure from lust, but true in the hidden purposes and motives of the soul, free from pride and self-seeking, humble, unselfish, childlike….
The pure in heart see God in a new and endearing relation, as their Redeemer; and while they discern the purity and loveliness of His character, they long to reflect His image. They see Him as a Father longing to embrace a repenting son, and their hearts are filled with joy….”
– TMB 42-45
Theme for the month of April 2013: We are Transformed by God’s Grace
- 77/365: Purity (365daysofpromise.wordpress.com)
- 92/365: God’s Promise of a New Heart (365daysofpromise.wordpress.com)
- 82/365: Forgiveness (365daysofpromise.wordpress.com)