Thursday, February 24, 2022

Daily Devotion: Pure in Heart vs. Impure in Heart

Bible Reading: Matthew 5:8 and Proverbs 4:23-27

Key Verse:  Verse 23 - "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."

Key Words:  Keep thy heart

"Blessed are the pure in heart" - not outward purity - that's what religion pushes: dress right, act right, eat right, go to the right places.  These are all things promoted by "religion."  Christianity promotes purity of heart which results in purity of life.

You and I cannot regulate purity.  Purity will never come through rules; purity comes through a righteous relationship with God.  We call this Christianity.

One day a young minister was being escorted through a coal mine.  At the entrance of one of the dim passageways, he spied a beautiful white flower growing out of the black earth.  "How can it blossom in such purity and radiance in this dirty mine?" the preacher asked.  "Throw some coal dust on it and see for yourself," his guide replied.  When he did, he was surprised that the fine, black particles slid right off the snowy petals, leaving the plant just as lovely and unstained as before.  Its surface was so smooth that the grit and grime could not adhere to it.  This should be our desire!

What to do:
✞ Seek purity through Christ; you'll never find it in religion.

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