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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Pure in Heart

Today I'm reading the second section of Psalm 119.

ב Beth

How can a young person stay on the path of purity?
    By living according to your word.
10 I seek you with all my heart;
    do not let me stray from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you.
12 Praise be to you, Lord;
    teach me your decrees.
13 With my lips I recount
    all the laws that come from your mouth.
14 I rejoice in following your statutes
    as one rejoices in great riches.
15 I meditate on your precepts
    and consider your ways.
16 I delight in your decrees;
    I will not neglect your word.

Brokenness. It has to come from the heart, from a deep love for God, coupled with the realization that we have not only sinned, but find ourselves incapable of living without sin, aside from the empowerment of His Holy Spirit. As much as we may not like to face brokenness in our lives, because it is painful, in an instant it can transform our lives! 

This is Calvin Miller, from his book, Walking with Saints:

"The word holy terrifies suburban Christians. ...Who in their right suburbanite mind wants to talk about holiness? ...Let us remember this: Purity of life is not a striving; it is not something we achieve with years of practice, like a 70 in golf. It is the direct, immediate result of confession...So let us see [purity as] bound up in his cleansing power and not in our struggling power. We do not attain purity of life. Instead, it is God’s gift issuing from our yearning to know him. He gives us this gift not because he is impressed with our effort but because he is impressed with our hunger. Cleansing and purity come not because we crave being clean but because we crave being together with God."

Purity isn't striving - it's receiving. Receive Christ's love today.


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