Thought of the Day September 23, 2019 Heart focused on Jesus

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We continue our reflection on the Beatitude: Blessed are the pure of heart.
Someone has said: “Pure olive oil includes no additive or adulterant. Pure water is water and nothing else. A pure heart is a heart which is fully alive and unobstructed, with all its energies directed to a single end.”

Single-mindedness is like the “little rudder” on the back of the huge ship. This tiny little rudder steers and takes this huge vessel in the right direction. Single-mindedness is likewise like the “bridle” that steers and tames the unbroken horse. All pointing to the work and power of the Holy Spirit that can take “full possession” of the human soul in faithfulness, obedience, and victory in Jesus.

Because our lives are not in order, not centered totally on Jesus as Lord, we lack freedom, which is the capacity to do what Paul says in Romans 12:2: what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.” It is hard for us to get rid of a lot of the unimportant baggage in our lives. Could we apply Paul’s thinking to some of us in this state when he wrote to the Corinthians: “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts may be corrupted from a sincere [and pure] commitment to Christ.

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