Words from the Heart for Sunday April 19th, 2020
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Matthew 5:8 (KJV)
The Pure in Heart
According to the website Trip Savvy, Canada has the second purest tap water in the world, after Switzerland. Canada’s demand for tap water is lower than its geographical footprint would suggest, thanks to low population density. Canada’s environmental laws haven’t been as consistently stringent as Switzerland’s, but the Canada has so many water sources that the tap water supply remains pristine. Cities in Canada maintain a rigorous and highly regulated filtration process for urban tap water, further underscoring its cleanliness and safety.
There is very little in this world that is pure. Most of what we see, touch, drink and eat is somehow contaminated. Food safety people give us confidence that we are not going to eat something that is going to make us ill or kill us. But we live in an imperfect world, tainted by the sin of our first parents. If this is true of the things around us, it is certainly true of that which is within us. The Bible is clear that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. There is no one who is without sin, not one. So, what does Jesus mean when He says, in Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” We know our own hearts, and all that is hidden there, that no one except us and the Lord can see. The heart of the Christian message is that Jesus can take all of that and replace our sin and pride with His holy presence. That is an overwhelming thought. It is Jesus’ presence in us that makes our hearts pure. When the Father looks at our hearts, He sees Jesus. And because of this, we can see Him!
These have been words from the heart.