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Purity of Heart
By Michele Massie
What is it that God wants to do in your life? This article may be read by young ladies all around the world and the message is the same to all wherever you are. As a young lady in this world today you are transitioning in your life to an adult woman. When I was given the subject: “purity in heart” to write about to you this month, I thought it would be simple. However, as I began to search for all the scriptures in the Bible that mentioned purity in heart, I was a bit overwhelmed. Remembering the power of God in my life, I trusted him to lead me to the heart of the message. I am reminded of the Beatitudes in Matthew chapter five.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (vs. 3)
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted (vs. 4)
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (vs. 5)
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (vs. 6)
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy (vs. 7)
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God (vs. 8)
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (vs. 9)
Jesus is speaking to the multitudes of the character qualities that should exist in the life of his followers. Jesus starts each statement with the word “blessed” which means “happy.” Pastor Chuck Smith’s bible commentary on Matt 5:3-12 tells us “these are the qualities that will lead to true happiness.” He sums them up with the understanding that they are all connected and will produce in us “purity of heart”
Pastor Chuck Smith wrote, “Those who are “poor in spirit” are those who recognize their own poverty in light of who the Lord is. Poverty of spirit is the opposite of pride. It causes us to mourn and to be meek. When we realize our poverty and weep over it, we begin to hunger and thirst for righteousness. This leads us to be merciful because as we recognize our own need for mercy, we begin to show mercy. This has a cleansing effect in our lives making us more pure. This enables us to be peacemakers.
As another commentator said, “God is always purifying, making it His daily work to clarify the soul that it may be fit for the vision of God.” As this inward transformation begins, there is an outward manifestation of the fruition of God that springs up in our lives, and it is a beautiful thing!
As you make decisions for yourself, Beloved, ask yourself: What choices can I make which will align me with God’s blessedness? What do I want for my life? What do I want my life to be like in 10 years and then 20 years?
When I was a young girl someone asked me, “What do you want most for your life Michele?” Without hesitation my answer was: “To know true love and happiness!” I meant it. I began to ask God to help me find this in my future and God began to bring about some needful changes. I started to try putting God first and as I did, I began to see my life fall into place supernaturally in a natural way. By putting God first and studying his Word, I have found the path to victory through every season and situation in my life to date. Because I have sought out purity of heart, God’s grace, mercy, peace and His favor have been with me ever since.
Ask God to help you find the right church for this season in your life. Get involved in a girls bible study and maybe a college and career fellowship. Be consistent and faithful to these avenues and your life will be in balance and you will have the ability to hear God’s voice. In almost 23 years of walking daily with the Lord, I have found this to be the utterly fool proof way to the path of “true love and happiness” which is found in Christ.
I believe the Lord would have me to encourage you to trust in him with all your heart and give everything to him in prayer (Proverbs 3:5-6). This will open your pathway to purity. God knows your name. He sees your tears that fall and He will hear you when you call out to Him. Beloved, blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God!
“Lord, on the days when trusting you with our life is difficult, as we seek out your purity of heart for our lives, may we know the true love and happiness that our hearts yearn for.”