What Jesus Did! 'Pure Hearts' — Matthew 5:8

Sunday, February 12, 2017

"What great blessings there are for the people that are pure in their thinking! They will be with God."
— Matthew 5:8 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 5:8 NLT — "What great blessings there are for the people that are pure in their thinking! They will be with God."

Key Thought

"Purer in heart, O God, help me to be ..." That's the powerful line of Fannie Davison's old hymn. This is also an amazingly pervasive theme in Scripture, whether articulated by the prophets, the psalmists, the wisdom teachers, Jesus, or the apostles. A clean heart is the signal of God's coming new age and is mandatory for true, authentic worship. Much of human life is tainted by duplicity and deception. Pure motives and an unspoiled heart are of utmost importance if we are to live the life of the Kingdom Family. For those who are pure in heart, going to be with God is not a far journey, for they have sought to live with him everyday. It is simply the fulfillment of an ongoing passion to keep their hearts close to the Father's home.

Today's Prayer

O gracious and holy LORD, I know my heart can be deceptive and self-serving. But through your Holy Spirit, cleanse my heart, make your home there, and let your influence live there until I come home to be with you. I want my life to show forth my allegiance to you, so help me as I seek to guard my heart from impurity, duplicity, and selfishness. Help me, O God, as I try to be pure in heart. Thank you, in the name of Jesus, your pure and perfect sacrifice. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 51:10
  • Psalm 24:3-4
  • Proverbs 20:9


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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