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Daily Reading: 4th September 2016

 

.Matthew 5.8 cont.

Oh the delight of the pure in heart, for they will see God.

The works of our hands are generally quite clear for others to see, whether we use them for good or for bad.

Yet the motives of the heart can be easily hidden, and most of them are.

The thoughts that are within our inner being are mostly concealed from view.

None of us really knows what anybody else is thinking.

It is true that through fellowship and friendship we may get to know the likely thought patterns of one another, but who can really know the depths of thought that is in our heart.

Paul said the following:

No one can know what anyone else is really thinking except that person alone, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit – 1 Corinthians 2.11 (NLT)

These are the thoughts of the heart, thoughts that are either pure or unclean.

The truth is that none of us have a pure heart.

God’s word tells us:

[10] As the Scriptures say, “No one is good, not even one.

[11] No one has real understanding; no one is seeking God.

[12] All have turned away from God; all have gone wrong. No one does good, not even one” – Romans 3.10-12 (NLT)

The heart of man is corrupt, it is deceitful, it is impure.

In Jeremiah 17.9-10

[9] “The human heart is most deceitful and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?

[10] But I know! I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.” – (NLT).

The impurity of the heart of man precipitated the flood.

Now the LORD observed the extent of the people’s wickedness, and He saw that all their thoughts were consistently and totally evil – Genesis 6.5 (NLT).

Once Adam and Eve committed the first sin in the Garden of Eden, the impurity in the heart of man has been inherited by every human being, with Jesus being  the only exception.

He came into the world with a pure heart, because He was conceived by the Holy Spirit.

 

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