Pure in Heart

“Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they shall see God? (Matt. 5:8).
Words that shocked people in years past now fill our homes through television, radio, magazines and the internet. One can hardly walk through a check-out counter at the local grocery without seeing trashy, bold headlines of tawdry and indecent affairs.
Sex, violence and pleasure sells. Television producers, magazine publishers, and advertizing executives know that. This is why industries and retailers spend billions of dollars on seductive ads to tell their stories and sell their products.
One can readily see the results of this constant promotion of worldliness in people?s dress and behavior.
We should not be surprised that the world is worldly (1 John 2:15-17) or that it follows the god of this world (1 John 5:18-20). But we do not have to conform to this world! We can transform ourselves by the renewing of our minds (Rom. 12:2). We can set our minds on things above (Col. 3:1-2). We can so live and so act as children of God that our minds are not set on serving the flesh (Rom. 8:1-12).
Paul said, ?To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled? (Titus 1:15). It is easy to allow our own minds and consciences to be defiled by the impurity that surrounds us. Let us avoid every form of evil (1 Thess. 5:22) and speak out against the deeds of darkness (Eph. 5:11-12). Let us keep our eyes and our hearts fixed on Jesus (Heb. 12:1-2), so that one day we can ?see God.?

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