24th MARCH

Freedom for the pure in heart

Matthew 5: 8

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”

I recently found an article exploring what it means to be pure in heart and listed through the article were acts (good deeds) such as giving and forgiving a readiness to let go of the past and an eagerness to help.  Qualities inspiring such acts such as generosity and humility were also mentioned.  Such acts and qualities are foundational to what it means to live the faith.

We have heard Jesus speak about tham and seen them come alive in his life and ministry.  They are at their most vivid and most powerful when he allowed himself to be nailed to a cross in love for you and me.  

These acts and qualities are the tangible sign of something much deeper in the qualities, but where do these qualities come from?  What motivates us to do what we do when we strive to make a real difference in the lives of those around us?  It is surely that purity of heart with the heart being the very centre of who we are:  how we think and react, feel and act.

Max Lucado in “Just like Jesus” wrote that “God loves you just the way you are but he refuses to leave it that way”.  He continues by writing “He wants you to be just like Jesus”.  We explored earlier what this means in relation to the mind of Christ and this phrase from the Beatitudes goes much deeper to reach to the very heart of who we are:  the control room if you like guiding our thoughts and inspiring our actions.  

It starts with asking a question:  What if for one day and one night Jesus lives our lives with his heart?  This does get to the very heart of the matter!  Purity of heart in the context of faith comes with allowing our lives to be led by the very heart of Christ:  his priorities, passions and love governing, driving and directions our actions, decisions and behaviour.

It continues with an invitation to Christ to enter into our lives and enter into the very heart of who we are, what we are and how we are.  It is a journey steeped in prayer as we ask God to take us and reshape us for the work that he has called all of us to.  

  • What makes you tick?  How receptive are you to God and the changes he so wants to make in your life?  What does it mean to you to be “pure in heart”?

Create in me a pure heart, O God,

    and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me from your presence

    or take your Holy Spirit from me.

Restore to me the joy of your salvation

    and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

AMEN.

(Psalm 51: 10 - 19)