God always gets to the heart of the matter. No matter how good your life may look on the outside, "Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account." (Hebrews 4:13) Why do we think what we think? Why do we say what we say? Why do we do what we do? God knows. But honestly, we don’t always know; our motives are a jumbled mess. And while we’re being honest, we must admit that we know this much: "Nothing good lives in me – that is, in my sinful nature," and also, "when I want to do good, evil is right there with me."(Romans 7:18,21) Even a soaring love for God is so easily mixed with pride and what’s-in-it-for-me motives. Jesus says that blessedness attends those who are "pure in heart," single-minded and genuine, but can any of us claim such purity?
"The blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purifies us from all sin." (I John 1:7,9) We have no purity of our own to claim, but God purifies our hearts through faith in His Son. With a pure, single-minded heart He came to do His Father’s will, resolutely living a holy life that led to hell on a cross which leads to heaven for all who trust in His purifying sacrifice. Why, now, do we think and say and do what we do? There is a single reason, a single Person, behind it all, defining you, shaping you. "For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all…that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again." (2 Corinthians 5:14,15) With Jesus you find a singlemindedness of heart to view and treat everyone with the same mercy, love, forgiveness, patience, care, generosity, and grace with which Jesus looked at you when He lived and died for you. And because He is risen, you have the assurance of what He promises: you will "see God." Do you see how blessed you are in Jesus? "BLESSED ARE THE PURE IN HEART, FOR THEY WILL SEE GOD." (Matthew 5:8)
See how true happiness is found in Jesus alone through the "BLESSED" series.
INTRO, POOR, MOURN, MEEK, HUNGER, MERCIFUL, PURE, PEACEMAKERS, PERSECUTED
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Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.