Thursday, November 11, 2010

daily text 11/11

Thursday, November 11th, 2010
"Happy are the pure in heart, since they will see God" (Matthew 5:8)

If we are "pure in heart," purity will be evident in our affections, desires, and motives. We will display "love out of a clean heart." (1 Timothy 1:5) Being inwardly clean, we will "see God." This does not necessarily mean seeing Jehovah literally, for "no man may see [God] and yet live." (Exodus 33:20) Since he perfectly reflected God's personality, however, Jesus could say: "He that has seen me has seen the Father also." (John 14:7-9) As Jehovah's worshippers on earth, we can "see God" by observing him act in our behalf. (Job 42:5) Because a pure heart is morally and spiritually clean, it does not dwell on things that are unclean in Jehovah's eyes. (1 Chronicles 28:9; Isaiah 52:11) If we are pure in heart, what we say and do will have the mark of purity, and there will be nothing hypocritical about our service to Jehovah.
(Watchtower issue: 2/15/09, 1:16, 17)

when you first read this verse it almost sounds like being "pure in heart" is something a person is either born with, or they're not,..but fortunately that's not the case.
According to (Psalm 51:10), it can be cultivated in us:

"Create in me even a pure heart, O God,
And put within me a new spirit, a steadfast one."

and this cross-reference verse at (Isaiah 33:15), gives a more detailed description of what God considers being "pure in heart" (which includes the moral content of a person's speech, and what they allow themselves to listen to and look at):

"There is one who is walking in continual righteousness and speaking what is upright, who is rejecting the unjust gain from frauds, who is shaking his hands clear from taking hold on a bribe, who is stopping up his ear from listening to bloodshed, and who is closing his eyes so as not to see what is bad."