Inner Purity

Matthew 5:8 says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Psalm 18:26 Amplified says, “With the pure You will show Yourself pure; and with the perverse You will show Yourself contrary.”

What brings defilement into our hearts? Matthew 15:18 says, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.”

Verse 19 described one of ‘those things’ as evil thoughts. For years I skimmed over verse 19 because I didn’t think the list fit me. Then the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to understand what evil thoughts were: a negative dialogue, gossip, complaining, disgust, critical judgment, bitterness, and unloving. I repented because I was guilty of all the above.

Hebrews 12:15 says, “Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.”

A defiled heart defiles those around them. Conversely, a pure heart will influence through its purity. Which would glorify the Lord? Righteous thoughts align with God’s thoughts and ways.

The Lord stands as an adversary to the defiler. Balaam is a good example of this. Numbers 24:22-34 is the account. I want to sum it up: walled in on both sides, no way to turn either to the right or the left, Angel of the Lord standing with a drawn sword. Verse 32 says, “…I have come out to stand against you, because your way is perverse before Me.”

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