To the pure, all things are pure…
Pure means — not mixed or adulterated with any other substance or material. There’s only one ingredient on the label. No additives.
Many times in these meditations, I’ve referred to how God sees us. He has a more intimate view than we have for each other. When selecting David as Israel’s king, God told the prophet Samuel, “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
If the heart is right (pure), then our thoughts and behavior will be right. That’s what Paul meant in our focus text: “To the pure, all things are pure…”
False prophets and teachers brought rituals and traditions into the church that had no Biblical or God inspired basis. They acted religious, but their fruit told a different story.
Meet Bro. Donnie (not a real person). He’s served as a deacon in his church for thirty years. Never misses a church service. Welcomes visitors on Sunday morning. And Donnie has continually tithed from his income since his first job. Today, Donnie owns his own business and openly declares his love for the Lord to his employees. Even posts favored scripture verses as a witness to his customers. But Bro. Donnie has an angry disposition. Frequently loses his temper with his employees and treats them harshly and unreasonably. Sometimes his anger is unleashed on his customers when they complain about their bill or the inadequacy of his services.
Now, as you look at this example, you can see that Bro. Donnie isn’t completely pure of heart. There are undesirable additives that have resulted in bad fruit. Jesus said, “…the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.” (Matthew 15:18)
I don’t mean to suggest that Donnie isn’t a Christian. He’s sincere in his faith. Like you and me, he’s got some rough edges, sin issues that need attention. But he can’t fix it on his own. He’s had that angry disposition and volatile temper since he was a boy. But if he’ll own up to his sin problem, confess it, and seek the Lord’s help, he can get it under control.
Purity of heart is not something we can accomplish on our own. We require the Lord’s help, thus the prayer: “Create in me a pure heart, O God.” That is to say, “Lord, I need your help. I want a pure heart. Create it within me.”
When you gave your life to Christ, you were given purity of heart — positionally. When God looks at you, He sees the purity of Christ. But in practice, you still have work to do. So do I. We all do — because we are all sinners.
We’ve all known a few Bro. Donnies in our time, but we have also been privileged to know saintly individuals who embody what Christians should be. They possess a sweet, gentle, and loving spirit emanating from a pure heart. The purer the heart, the purer the witness.
Want to make right choices and decisions? Do you want motives, actions, and thoughts that honor God? Then desire purity of heart. With it, the goodness you desire will come naturally. “To the pure, all things are pure…”
For more on this topic, check out this article: When Your Spirit Is Willing but Your Flesh Is Weak
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.