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From Defiled Heart To Pure Heart
by Dr Robert Cook
From Defiled Heart To Pure Heart

Scripture, Matthew 5:1-16
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (Matt. 5:8)

Our Lord Jesus never minced words. When speaking about defilement and its cause, He said, "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this devileth a man" (Matt. 15:11). When the puzzled disciples asked for an explanation, He said, "Those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnesses, blasphemies: these are the things which defile a man" (15:18). So, to have a defiled heart in the scriptural sense means that the motives produced by our old sinful natures are evil and result in sinful actions. Therefore, to have a pure heart must involve the same area of motivation. Down deep in our hearts we must really want God's will.

The miracle of salvation is that God does indeed give "a new heart" to those who commit themselves to Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour: "I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: that they may walk in My statutes, and keep Mine ordinances, and do them" (Ezek. 11:19-20).

Small thought here
Alone, you will never be able to manage your heart, that is, your deepest desires and motives. Give your heart to Jesus and let it be "God that worketh in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure" (Phil. 2:13).