KMC Lenten Journey

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Week 6 – Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God…Matthew 5:8

As we approach holy week beginning with Palm Sunday, we take a closer look at the characteristics of a ‘Citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven’ that stirred up all the conflict we experience this week. 

Why did the Jewish leaders have it in for Jesus? Why did Jesus flip tables in the temple? A search for the purity of heart… Jesus is searching.I love that imagery, and it isn’t new.

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is perfect toward Him. A heart “perfect toward him”. 2 Chronicles 16:9 

Does this mean that a citizen of the kingdom of heaven is perfect in action? 

That is exactly what Jesus was battling! A religious leadership who followed the law to perfection, but their hearts were selfish and hardened.

“Purity of intention is the root of all perfection.” — John Wesley

Friends, if you want to see God, look to the intentions of your heart:

Do they align with the values of Jesus?

Do they seek to love your neighbor as yourself? Do they seek to honor one another? 

Do they find joy in the fire because it wholistically purges the impurities as we walk through it with the Spirit of God guiding our steps?

I encourage you to stir up discussion this around the concepts below because they have a profound impact on the way we view faith:

Can someone with a “stained” past still achieve purity of heart? Who is ultimately responsible for cultivating a purity of heart?

Where is God calling you to a greater level of purity of heart?
Got a reflection on this week’s devotional? I would love to hear from you. Email me at clint.wyllie@kingwoodmethodist.org

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