Friday, November 5, 2021

Blessed are the Pure in Heart


"The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good" (Proverbs 15:3).

"You have heard that it was said by them of old time, You shall not commit adultery: 

But I say unto you, That whosoever looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.

And if your right eye offends you pluck it out, and cast it from you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell.

And if your right hand offends you, cut it off, and cast it from you: for it is profitable for you that one of you members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell" (Matthew 5:27-30).

"For the lips of a strange woman drop as a honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:

But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.

Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell" 

"Remove your way far from her, and come not near the door of her house" . . . 

"For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and he ponders all his goings.

His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be entangled with the cords of his sins.

He shall die without instruction; and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray" (Proverbs 5:3-5, 8, 21-23).

Lustful looks are not merely your eyes beholding a person presently; it is also looking back at memories, mental images, and people you have never known which you have imagined. 

BELOVED, the Scripture clearly portrays God's affection for His people where it is says, "Keep me as the apple of Your eye" and, "Even the hairs of your head are all numbered". To be the apple of someone's eye means that if you were to look into their eyes that you would see your reflection in them because they are looking at you. 

These are precious Scriptures. 

Consider DEAR brother and sisters:

"Grieve not the Spirit". If you were to look into the eyes of God would you see them reflecting your adultery? His eyes are in every place. Would His eyes be filled with water or fire if you looked into them? 

His loving kindness brings us to repentance and by the fear of the Lord we depart from evil. 

If you saw the only Faithful and True looking at you, what would you say, what would you do? 

Would your face blush with shame, your heart throb with fear, then fall at His feet and draw near? 

Or would you shrink back, and try to hide, all of that for which there is no disguise to fool such eyes?

Perhaps you would rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, because against all sin, even secret sins, your heart was faithfully warring?

In which moment your eyes did lock with His, 

and you greeted His nail pierced feet with much a holy kiss! 

DEAR friends: Which describes you? His grace is sufficient, His power available and His mercies are new!

"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God".

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