Pure In Heart

March 5th

Psalms 73:1

Surely God is good to Israel,

To those who are pure in heart!

What does it mean to be pure in heart? It means to love God with all of your heart, and with all of your soul and with all of your mind. (Dt. 6:5) When asked which is the great commandment in the law, Jesus quoted this passage from Deuteronomy. (Mt. 22:36-38)  Then Jesus said: “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” 

To be pure in heart is to love God: Father and Son and Spirit with everything and love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” Therefore, we demonstrate our love for God by keeping his commandments but how do we demonstrate our love for our neighbor? Jesus said in Matthew 7:12, “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” Therefore, we demonstrate our love for other people by treating them the same way that we want them to treat us. To be pure in heart is to be like Jesus Christ!

In Jesus Christ,

Michael Peek

The Nurse Theologian

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