Contamination (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 192)
Matthew 5:8 (NLT)
God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.
We live in a world that is contaminated. War, terror, abuse, violence, and evil human intentions are some of the results of corruption that exists in the world. These and other things cause us to live in fear of the unknown and guilt of the past. Contamination in the world begins with pollution in each individual mind and life. When pollution takes effect, it has the power to spread rapidly to larger portions of society.
Contamination of the heart and mind leads to weakness, desperation, and ultimately disintegration of individual lives, homes, schools, and churches. In ancient Greece and Rome, adultery (which means to contaminate) was punishable by death. And like it did back then, it leads to a separation of man from God. It is impossible to face God if we have no desire to live in the way He wants us to live.
Those who are pure in heart do not have to waltz with the world in order to find satisfaction and meaning. Affairs do not make people happy in the long run. It only offers temporary pleasure. The pure in heart know the happiness and deep joy that comes from walking with God in humble and continuous communication. Those who walk with the Lord and delight to do His will are blessed because their hearts are in the right place.
“Only those who have surrendered their hearts completely to Jesus that he may reign in them alone, only those whose hearts are undefiled by their own evil—and by their own virtues too are pure in heart.”
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer