HOW TO REACH PURITY OF HEART

The Apostle Paul said, “Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely”. 1 Thessalonians 5: 21-23. The Bible also tell us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1: 5. God created us free and with discernment to distinguish between good and evil. As we exercise discernment, because it comes from God, we mature and develop the ability to perceive or interpret the circumstances with spiritual vision. We live in a world of opposites and are constantly making decisions. It is imperative, then, that we learn to differentiate between what is going to help us and what is going to hurt us.   Every gift that God gave us is to show us His love. He would never hurt us. Wisdom, which also comes from God, is available to us just for the asking. for the asking. God, in His love for us and His desire to see us mature, has made wisdom available to us without reproach as soon as we ask Him for it.  Judging from these Bible passages we are fully equipped to do the job we came to do.

Each person perceives the world differently. Everyone lives in his own small domain and perceives or interprets it in his own way. One person may be living in an artistic environment of music, beauty and poetry while another works to meet material demands.  One seeks peace and harmony, another lives in the midst of struggle and war. But whatever the circumstances surrounding each person, we all have an internal and an external world. The external world is one in which everyone acts and interacts with others. The internal world determines happiness or unhappiness and also the ability or inability to deal with the outside world. Love and wisdom produce harmony.  It is the result of a pure heart that extends lovingly toward others.  Our Lord Jesus Christ said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5: 8. A pure heart is the result of having pure thoughts, and the reward is to experience the presence of God.  Mental purity comes from a selective process by which the mind chooses to categorize the thoughts between pure and impure and determines to conserve the pure ones and to reject the impure ones.

We must understand that there are no neutral thoughts.  All thoughts have power and are producing form at some level. Our mind gives form to our every thought, whether good or bad. That is why it is very important to maintain control over our minds. God gave us this power to be used constructively for our good and the good of our fellow man, and yet, because we are free, many times we use it destructively. The activity of categorizing our thoughts over and over again becomes a habit and a virtue. The internal conflict of discordant thoughts will cease once we learn to get rid of our impure thoughts, and this will bring us harmony. Harmony in turn produces strength and is an unlimited source of power, and our strength keeps multiplying. Things we thought unbearable are now bearable, and we can even change and improve them.

To us God has given the power to move the world and change our future for the better despite the lack of harmony in which we live.  If the mind is a battleground of thoughts fighting thoughts, without decision, without agreement, too much energy is consumed that could be used instead to rebuilt an ideal life.  Because love is a natural attribute within us, having loving thoughts is in harmony with our nature, and it does not use energy.  Remember what the Apostle Paul said, “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things… And the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9. If we keep our minds pure, in harmony, we will gain strength.  But if we – due to our fragmented mind - allow opposing thoughts to pull us in different directions, our strength is reduced almost to zero.  Let’s be wise and use constructively our God-given energy, both mentally and physically. Our pure thoughts, unified, will give us strength, but conflict will take it away from us. We govern our minds; therefore, it is our decision. Harmony is manifested as love.

A man who cannot get along with others is one that does not get along with himself.  He is always at war inwardly. One who finds fault with others usually doesn’t have a high regard for himself either. If we have trouble interacting with others, and we see defects in everyone, we have not yet reached mental purity. We have failed to find it.  But the answer is in our mind.  Another term for harmony is peace. If we have not been able to find peace in our own hearts, we will not find it anywhere else either.  Common sense is derived from wisdom and gives balance to the mind.

As we can see, we are each in control of our world. We are the drivers of our vehicles.  How are we using the provisions God gave us?  Perhaps, before we didn’t know it, but now we do. We also understand that ignorance is not a valid excuse in the eyes of God, and the purity of our heart is totally dependent on us. And we understood how purity is reached to unify us with God. We have no good reason not to do it. “The mind is very powerful, and never loses its creative force.  It never sleeps. Every instant it is creating.  It is hard to recognize, that thought and belief combine into a power surge that can literally move mountains.  It appears at first glance that to believe such power about yourself is arrogant… There are no idle thoughts.  All thinking produces form at some level.” T-2.VI.9:

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10.