“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8
“For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.” Matthew 15:19
“Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24
We now know what is wrong, we asked God to show us and He did. And We realize that in order to be pure of heart we have to change some things. This process will look different for everyone. Things that have hurt you, things that you struggle with, etc. are not necessarily the same things that someone else may have to deal with. Do not ever fall into the trap of comparison, your journey will never look like the journey of someone else. Your progress will never be at the same rate of everyone else. Some people after the discovery of a heart issue can simply drop it and never pick it up again, for others it is a long process. But that does not mean that it can not be done. Guarding your heart means eliminating the things that are causing or enabling a heart issue. If you are in a relationship that is not honoring God, and the other person is not willing to address the problem then get out. If your friends are inhibiting spiritual growth in your life then find new friends. If the tv shows you are watching or the music you are listening to is shaping your worldview and it does not line up with the Bible then it is time to find something else to watch/listen to. Nothing will change if nothing changes.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23
The Bible says that everything we do comes starts in the heart. Be careful what you let reside there, because it can only remain hidden for so long. Choose wisely what you allow yourself to do, to think, to partake of and to be around. We can look perfect on the outside but if our heart is dirty it is all in vain. If you are having trouble removing things from your life then I ask that you seek accountability, someone that you trust to tell you what is best for you not what you want to hear. It is great to have people in your life that do not “judge you”, but are those people actually helping you, are they looking out for your best interests? People that care about you will want what is best for you and they will challenge you to be a better person. So find those types of friends or maybe a mentor who you can be transparent with.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
Now that the hard part has been done we ask God to create in us a pure heart. All you have to do is ask. He has shown you what is wrong, you have sought the root of the problem, you are guarding your heart from contaminates, now allow Him to purify you. No matter what you have done in that past you are never past the point of repair. God can fix you, dust you off and purify you. He loves you so much,so much that He does not want you living in sin. Sin will only feel good for so long, the only thing that follows is guilt and shame. He never intended us to live with that, that is why He sent His son Jesus to die for us. It was never our burden to bear. God does not care how we look on the outside, He only cares about your heart. And we are promised that the pure in heart will see Him. So ask, guard and purify my friends. It all comes down to your heart.
“But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord sees not as man sees for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Samuel 16:7
Lots of Love 💕,