The Purifying Love of God
The pure in heart are blessed, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8
The weight of this sentence is heaviest at the end ~ for they will see God. The pure of heart have a deep and driving desire to see God. The believer may see the Lord through a vision, when he comes again, or when they lay their eyes upon Him in eternity. The pure in heart should continually expect to see God’s character revealed through fellowship in the Word and with the Spirit.
A pure in heart believer will have motives which are unmixed and whose conscience is clean. Are your purposes driven by a heart that desires for God’s glory to be made manifest…come what may? Is your conscience unsettled, or is it at peace? We must welcome the Refiner’s fire, which is fueled by love because we are impure by nature and by practice and thus need this testing. Purity of heart will come by way of the refining fire, and the fire will have two forms. One way will be by the fire of affliction.
- “Now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold, which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:6-7)
- “Count it all joy, my brethren when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4)
- “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord . . . for the Lord disciplines him whom he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives . . . If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children . . . he disciplines us for our good that we may share his holiness . . . Pursue holiness without which no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:5-10, 14)
The other way is by the fire of intentional self-
- “If your right eye causes you to sin pluck it out . . . and if your
right handcauses you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.” (Matthew 5:29-30)
- “I discipline my body and bring it under strict control.” (1 Corinthians 9:27)
- “If by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body you will live.” (Romans 8:13)
The commands God gives believers are certainly not too difficult or beyond our reach (Deut. 30:11). He instructs us to crucify the flesh (Galatians 5:24, Romans 12:1) and not to pattern our life after this culture (Romans 12:2). We are to renovate our mind so that we are able to recognize His perfect will (Romans 12:2). In order to follow God’s commands, it will be our responsibility to welcome the Refiner’s fire and practice self-denial so that the true joy of our life will be found only in eternal things.
In His grace,