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A Pure Heart
by Wayne Blank
A Pure Heart
A "pure heart" was used as an analogy for the righteous:
"Who shall ascend into the hill of The Lord? Or who shall stand in His Holy Place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart" (Psalm 24:3 KJV)
In the Messiah's "parable of the sower," those with a good "heart" were like seed planted in good soil:
"But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the Word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience." (Luke 8:15 KJV)
Paul expounded on the virtues of a "pure heart" that has been purged of carnal behavior:
"If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart." (2 Timothy 2:21-22 KJV)
A "pure heart" is made by obeying the Truth (see also Believers) so as to not squander the Messiah's Sacrifice:
"But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God."
A "pure heart" is a matter of setting the right priorities in this temporary physical life, so to make it to eternal life:
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Matthew 6:19-21 KJV)
"Therefore say, Thus saith the Lord God; I will even gather you from the people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. And they shall come thither, and they shall take away all the detestable things thereof and all the abominations thereof from thence."
Fact Finder: Should God's people love Him with all their "heart"?