Lessons From Journey part 7

~ A Pure Heart vs. A Double Heart ~

Importance of a Pure Heart

          A pure heart is required for admittance into the presence of a holy God.  “Who shall stand in his holy place?  He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart” (Psalm 24:3b – 4a).  The reward of a pure heart is a personal, intimate relationship with God.

Definition of a Pure Heart

          The word pure comes from the Greek word katharŏs, which means “pure, as being cleansed.”  This definition is amplified by a related verb, katharizō, meaning “to purify, to cleanse, to make free from mixture.”  Purity is measured by the percentage of a substance that matches its standard, which is free from foreign elements.  Do you match the standard of Christ?…

…Thus, a pure heart seeks God wholeheartedly without double-mindedness or the distraction of other affections.

Purpose of a Pure Heart

…The ultimate purpose of a pure heart is to love God and others without evil motives.  “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently”  (1st Peter 1:22)

How to Gain a Pure Heart

                 1.      Clear your conscience

The first step to purifying your heart is to clear your conscience.  This initial step is emphasized in James 4:8.  “Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”…

             2.     Seek God with your whole heart

The second step toward a pure heart is to seek God wholeheartedly.  Any division in the heart will grieve the Holy Spirit and quench His power in cleansing the mind, will, and emotions.

(I have seen this first hand in my life!!)

               3.     Cleanse your soul with Scripture

After gaining a pure heart, you must cleanse your soul with the Word of God…

…Without a pure heart and soul, you cannot have genuine love toward God or others.  Having a pure heart enables you to fulfill the invitation of Hebrews 10:22.  “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”

Series to Be Continued; Next post –  “A Broken Heart vs. A Hard Heart”

 

 

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