Pure of Heart

In Matthew 5:8 it says “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” But let’s be honest right now. As human beings, we do not always live up to that standard. I certainly don’t. Through everyday life, we often find it simpler to be judgmental of others rather than to be right. We jump to conclusions before we actually have all the facts. We unfairly judge others and more importantly, ourselves.

“If you want to be respected by others, it is important to respect yourself.” ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky How many of us forget to respect ourselves? I’d venture to say that most of us get lost in the day-to-day stresses that lead us down the path of self-condemnation, regret, and we become immersed in our own emotions. We listen to the lies of the enemy.

We forget about the gifts God has given to us.  We lose sight of our true calling. We hear that voice inside that says “I’m fat!” “I’m ugly!” “No one loves me!” “My boss hates me!” “I can’t do anything right!” “My kids don’t listen to me!” “My husband ignores me!” And on and on it goes until you become lost in your own persecution. And in doing so, we become women who are gossips, uncompromising and hypocritical. In short, we are unhealthy with no real sense of purpose or faith.

In truth, I have been lost in that place. I bet at one time or another, most of you have too. We turn our backs on one another. We don’t support one another. We don’t inspire one another. We forget to pray to our Father in heaven and in doing so, we forget to pray for others. We wallow in self-pity. We have forgotten how to forgive ourselves and how to love ourselves.

To be clear, none of us is without sin or unblemished. Jeremiah 17:9 tells us, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” But we have the ability to turn to our Father in prayer to find peace and happiness … to live in holiness. We can seek out those women who inspire us, encourage us and speak truth to us. We can focus on all things positive in order to take those steps toward a pure heart.

Taking baby steps toward forgiving yourself first and seeking out those women who will lift you up in joy will work miracles in your life. Think of your heart as a water glass that needs to be filled. And then seek to fill it up with mercy, forgiveness, hope and love. Love for yourself and for those around you. In doing so, you will see the beauty that surrounds you as you seek to discover your destiny and what God’s purpose for you truly is.

I know that for most of us, this is not an easy task. The road to finding one’s self and a pure heart is long. There are many pot holes along the way to stumble into and sometimes, it becomes difficult to find a way out. It is often easier to just slip back into old patterns of self-recrimination and doubt. We’ve all done it! After all, bad habits are really hard to break, right? And sometimes, we are just too tired to want to break them.

But remember the goals you have set for yourselves and forge on. Climb out of that hole and start refilling that water glass (your heart). Seek to raise others up with your words of kindness and inspiration. In doing so, you will also lift up yourself. Do not become discouraged in the hard times, but rather seek to find the reasons behind them and the lessons they are meant to teach. As it says in 1 John 2:8, “Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.” Let us all strive for the light of day and the purity of our hearts.

To find out more about becoming Pure of Heart, tune in to Warrior Divas Episode 12 at www.divasimpact.com/podcast.

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