in Heart and Life
are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Matt. 5:8.
Into the city of God there will enter nothing that defiles. All who are to
be dwellers there will here have become pure in heart. In one who is learning
of Jesus, there will be manifest a growing distaste for careless manners,
unseemly language, and coarse thought. When Christ abides in the heart, there
will be purity and refinement of thought and manner.
words of Jesus . . . have a deeper meaning--not merely pure in the sense in
which the world understands purity, free from that which is sensual, pure
from lust, but true in the hidden purposes and motives of the soul, free from
pride and self-seeking, humble, unselfish, childlike.
can appreciate like. Unless you accept in your own life the principle of self-sacrificing
love, which is the principle of His character, you cannot know God. . . .
shall come in His glory, the wicked cannot endure to behold Him. The light
of His presence, which is life to those who love Him, is death to the ungodly.
. . . When He shall appear, they will pray to be hidden from the face of Him
who died to redeem them.
hearts that have become purified through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit,
all is changed. These can know God. Moses was hid in the cleft of the rock
when the glory of the Lord was revealed to him; and it is when we are hid
in Christ that we behold the love of God. . . .
we behold Him here and now. In our daily experience we discern His goodness
and compassion in the manifestation of His providence. We recognize Him in
the character of His Son. . . . The pure in heart see God in a new and endearing
relation, as their Redeemer; and while they discern the purity and loveliness
of His character, they long to reflect His image. They see Him as a Father
longing to embrace a repenting son, and their hearts are filled with joy unspeakable
and full of glory. . . .
in heart live as in the visible presence of God during the time He apportions
them in this world. And they will also see Him face to face in the future,
immortal state, as did Adam when he walked and talked with God in Eden.
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Self-control on the part of all the
members of the family will make home almost a paradise.