Blessed Are The Pure

Blessed are the pure in heart

for they will see God.

Matthew 5:8

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But the wisdom that comes from heaven is pure. That’s the most important thing about it. And that’s not all. It also loves peace. It thinks about others. It obeys. It is full of mercy and good fruit. It is fair. It doesn’t pretend to be what it is not. James 3:17, NIRV

Jesus tells us that we must have pure hearts in order to produce pure and good fruit. “Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?” If our hearts are filled with anger, bitterness or arrogance, we cannot produce pure wisdom, thoughts, words or actions. Our thoughts, our words, our actions, our decisions, our reasoning – even our so-called wisdom – will be from the root of anger, bitterness or arrogance.

So it is with fear. If fear runs our lives, our thoughts, words and actions will be derived from fear. Our logic, discernment and judgment will be seen through the lens of fear.

The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:5

However, with pure hearts, hearts of love as God is love, we will have a different worldview. Instead of the world’s view, the Holy Spirit will give us a Christianly lens through which to think, to speak, to write and to act. The Spirit will help us comprehend the intent of Jesus’ words, of Paul’s letters, of Peter and James’ theology.

With pure and humble hearts, the Spirit will guide us to be astute and mature in gospel thinking, and fill our hearts with mercy and grace. The Spirit will help us practice, embody and produce His fruit. He gives us a new lens through which we are able to think, speak, write and act.

What a difference when our thoughts, our words and our actions are filtered through the lens of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

So then, you will know them by their fruits.” Matthew 7:20

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Prayer can change our lens. Prayer can allow people to know us not by what we are against, but what we are for.

Finally, my brothers and sisters, always think about what is true. Think about what is noble, right and pure. Think about what is lovely and worthy of respect. If anything is excellent or worthy of praise, think about those kinds of things. Philippians 4:8

Next Week: Making Peace

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23 comments

  1. Fear is the most pervasive and basic human reaction to the world and the hardest to root out and overcome. I find myself waking up at 2:30 in the morning and being immediately beset by worries, which are just an outgrowth of fear(s). I am working on it and posts like these help to calm the soul and remind us to return to the gentle Spring.

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    1. Thanks so much, Beth. I was raised to worry, my mom being the consummate worrier. It took decades and the largess and grace of the Holy Spirit to excise the dissonant chords of worry and replace them with the rhythm of trust and faith.

      It’s not that I still don’t visit the Winter of worry, but my default now is living in the peacefulness of Spring.

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  2. Hi Susan! Beautiful post…great reminder. I am in the process of transforming my life through the love of God. And it is a beautiful thing! I just drove 1200 miles up the east coast…and I had moments of shameful acts of anger while driving. This is the last place in my life where low energy vibrations take over and I can go from 0-60 without a conscious thought. I realize now that this is possible because I come from a place of great fear…I feel a personal attack at high speeds with multiple ton vehicles…and the fear creates anger. In the past I would hold onto this shame…no longer! I will forgive myself and pray to God for new “lenses” in which to view the circumstances that bring me great fear!!
    Thank you Susan…I always find such comfort from your posts. Blessitude 🙂

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    1. Bless you, Lorrie. It’s something to remember every single day, hour, minute. And, wow, can I empathize with that exact situation. I was sideswiped once by one of those vehicles, almost run off the highway. It took a while for me to feel safe again. My secret? I envisioned Jesus in the passenger seat; talked with Him during those drives so I felt comfort. Funny- now He’s a regular ride-along! 🙂

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      1. Now that is a very good answer!! What a great “Passenger!” Yes…I will pray for patience and guidance . 🙂 Thanks Susan (glad you were okay and weren’t run off the road!!)

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      2. Lorrie, it was very scary! The driver didn’t hear my horn, and was on my driver’s side. My door was crunched.

        Now, I drive with my headlights on day or night. I still stay as far as I can from those truckers, but don’t have the fear I had before.

        Have a good weekend!

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      3. Wow! So happy it wasn’t worse!! Come to think of it I don’t see how those truckers could ever hear a car horn!!
        We saw 2 terrible accidents on the way…pray for those families…and of course there was that terrible accident on NJ Turnpike early this morning with actor Tracy Morgan. 😦

        But your attitude is where we should all strive to be…no fear…just conscious awareness and love!!

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  3. “Prayer can allow people to know us not by what we are against, but what we are for.” I like that. Peace to you sister. xo

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    1. Thank you so much, Dale. I’m always blessed by your visit here.

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  4. “He gives us a new lens ”

    Beautiful!!

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    1. 😀 Thank you, Paul!

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  5. “the Spirit will guide us to be astute and mature in gospel thinking”.
    The longer I walk with God the more I come to value the work of the Spirit in changing what and how I think. He literally ‘renews my mind’ if I give Him the freedom and access He requests.
    Gospel thinking. I love that Susan. A perfect way to describe it.

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    1. Thank you, Kelly.
      I am discovering, even as a new believer, that when I surrender my thoughts to the Spirit, his voice becomes clear. As I study the Word, it becomes a living entity, guiding me through it like a needle guides thread. Without my conscious knowing, there’s an entire garment stitched together. I sit back at the wonder and awe of His wisdom, and am humbled at His wisdom.

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      1. Our Father is so blessed by the kind of practical dependence you describe. It’s what He would love to find in each of us 😉

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  6. Awesome. If we don’t see through God’s love, we really aren’t seeing at all. No one hears us either. Paul said we’re just noisy cymbals. The lens and source must be His love. Great post! Blessings.

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    1. Thanks, Mel. Definitely noisy cymbals.

      Have a wonderful weekend and some of that Spirit-filled preaching this Sunday! 🙂

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  7. Good one Susan. I’m thankful for the grace of God when I’m not pure and His wide open arms to forgive me. Have a blessed weekend!!!😀

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    1. Thanks so much, Levi. His forgiveness is gentle and filled with mercy, isn’t it?

      You have a blessed weekend, too.

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    Gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you so much.

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  9. A very good post! Thanks!

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    1. You’re welcome, Andy. Glad for your comment.

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