Sunday, April 12, 2009

The Pure in Heart

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” (Matthew 5:8).

Have you ever tried to tune in on a radio broadcast, but the tuner just can’t seem to pick up the signal? What you hear is a crackling, whirling sound of raspy distortions – occasionally teasing you with a discernible word or two. The problem, as you know, is not with the broadcasting station. It’s with your equipment.

The signal is good, strong, and clear as it travels the airwaves. But something in your receiver is malfunctioning, and what you are getting is a distorted message. That’s what was going on in the poor fellow’s heart who disrupted the worship service with his “angry word from God.” I told you about him yesterday.

I once heard someone say that we do not see things as they are; we see them as we are.

There is a filter in our lives, built up over years of personal experience, through which we pass and process virtually everything that we see and hear. If our lives have been significantly wounded, and our hearts are filled with the bitterness that comes from being broken – then even the best and most beautiful of things will be distorted in our eyes.

The pure in heart will see God. That is, they will know the truth about Him, understand and experience His love, hear His voice when He speaks, and see His hand at work in their lives as well as the lives of others. And when they tell others of these things the results will always be uplifting and faith-building.

Ask God to cleanse you of anything and everything that causes you to think in distorted ways, and thereby to live in a destructive manner – not only tearing yourself down, but damaging others around you also.

Become a person who helps others experience God's presence through what you say and do.

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