The Heart of Christ.
This week on the series “Be or Being” Pastor Roberts focused on “The Heart of Christ”. He shared the “7 Attributes of Christ’s Heart”. I encourage you to get your pen and paper ready. You should takes notes. Once again, I have pages and pages of notes, too many to share and I’m still trying to process all of the great points he shared yesterday.
The “7 Attributes of Christ’s Heart” are:
I want to share on just one of these attributes in particular because I believe it holds the key to the other six. If we can master “to be pure at heart” I believe it opens the doors for us to achieve everything else. Why?
What Does It Mean To Have A Pure Heart?
In the New International Version of the bible, the word pure can be found 104 times. Specific to who we are and how we are to live the bible says the “pure in heart” are “blessed” and they will “see” God.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Matthew 5:8, KJV).
The Greek word for “pure” in Matthew 5:8 is katharos. It means to be “clean, blameless, unstained from guilt.” Those who are truly “pure,” then, are those who have been declared innocent because of the work of Jesus and who are being sanctified by His refining fire and His pruning in us.
The Greek word for “heart” in Matthew 5:8 is kardeeah. This can be applied to the physical heart. But it also refers to the spiritual center of life. It is where thoughts, desires, sense of purpose, will, understanding, and character reside. So, to be pure in heart means to be blameless in who we actually are.
Paul’s Writing to the Church
When Paul writes to the church he started in Philippi, he tells the church three times to remain “pure”.
Philippians 1:10, “…so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ.”
Philippians 2:14-15, “Do everything without complaining or arguing so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation.”
Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
Paul clearly tells the church three things.
- Stay pure in heart.
- That there is a way and that you can become pure in heart.
- Meditate on what is pure and good.
Being pure in heart involves having a singleness of heart toward God. A pure heart has no hypocrisy or hidden motives. The pure heart is marked by transparency and an uncompromising desire to please God in all things. It is more than an external purity of behavior; it is an internal purity of soul.
The only way we can be truly pure in heart is to give our lives to Jesus and ask Him to do the cleansing work. There it is…the “cleansing work”.
Cleansing the Heart.
Psalm 51:10 says, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” God is the one who makes our hearts pure – by the sacrifice of His Son and through His sanctifying work in our lives.
Everyday our journey with God is challenged by attacks that try to move us away from our personal relationship with Him. We are all human and make mistakes daily. We all experience the challenges of finding compassion, being faith-filled, brave, loyal, non-judgemental and tenacious but you can see the evidence of these attributes externally in man. These attributes can also produce false-postive results. I’ve experienced someone else’s false-positive and as Pastor always says “can we keep it 100”, I’ve produced false-positive results myself.
But to be “pure in heart” is internal. The secrecy of your thoughts and feelings, when nobody knows but God. These are deep invisible roots that can be hidden from man but cannot be hidden from God. And what you are at the invisible root matters.
It matters to God and it determines whether or not you will see God. It matters to your mind, body and spirit. It determines what type of fruit you will yield and the person you will become. If your invisible roots are firmly planted in the right soil (pure soil) you will manifest compassion, be faith-filled, brave, loyal, non-judgemental and tenacious. I believe these are the fruits of a pure heart. Christ didn’t have to try to “find” compassion for someone it was already deep within Him. His heart was always pure.
So I ask these questions of not only you but of myself…what’s in your heart? What evidence does your external attributes show? Are you producing false-positive results?
I pray you listen to part 2 of a great message.
May Your Steps Fulfill Their Purpose.