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Pure Hearts

Posted: Saturday, October 24

Pastor Ken Beach // Creative Arts & Executive Pastor 

Pastor Ken Beach // Creative Arts & Executive Pastor 

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Jeremiah 44:24-47:7
2 Timothy 2:22-3:17
Psalm 94:1-23
Proverbs 26:6-8 

 

Verse of the day:

Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts. (2 Timothy 2:22)


Those with “pure hearts” are not sinless saints; they are not holier-than-thou people who have never done anything wrong. And they certainly aren’t the kind of people who look down their noses at everyone else who gets into trouble or have struggled with sin. No, the word pure here is in reference to those who have been cleansed—those with a cleansed heart, those who have already known what it is to be where those who are trying to find their way are. They do not put them down; they encourage those who hurt and are trying to get their spiritual feet under them. They say, I know how you feel. I've been there too, but God picked me up. I know what it means to lay hold of His great, forgiving love—let me share that love with you. 

 

 

So one of the necessities of being used of God is that you keep company with those who are aiming in the same direction—those with a heart that is seeking after the things of God. 

 

 

We are not made to live alone. We are made to live with others; we need the support of others. So be careful with whom you build relationships. If you surround yourself with a non-Christian view of life and non-Christian friends, you are almost certain to go back into that way of thinking and living. So as a re-cap of what has already been said in this devotion, remember, if we want to be used of God, the apostle urges us to seek the companionship of those of like mind—that being, a Godly mindset.

 

 

May the Lord grant us the strength to say no to the things we must and flee those youthful lusts; saying yes to the things that we should, that He may find us usable in His hand, a vessel fit for His purpose and use.

 

 

Every believer has a high calling to extend Christ's love unreservedly. This can only be fulfilled in the context of a cleansed life and heart that seeks and hungers, without reservation, after the righteousness of God.