Saturday, February 10, 2024

The PURE mind

 

Matthew 5:8

King James Version

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: 

for they shall see God.


How would you define a pure mind?

Do you have one?

Do you know of one?

Babies are pure, for they know nothing yet.

Except needing comfort from hunger, pain, or discomfort.

As they grow up, they absorb their surroundings.

They absorb what parents, and others, teach them.

In school, they absorb, or have to absorb, what is taught them.

At work, they are taught the ways of the world.


It would be so wonderful if everyone had the MIND of CHRIST.

Then, you can be sure we will all remain undefiled.

Through CHRIST, our minds will be free of these:

Lustful thoughts, lustful desires, covetousness.

The kind that propagates idolatry.

The kind that dishonors GOD.

The kind that corrupts us.


But what is pure?

What is holy?

What is undefiled?

We turn to Scripture:

Psalm 119:1

King James Version

119 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, 

who walk in the law of the Lord.


Hebrews 7:26

King James Version

26 For such an high priest became us, 

who is holy, harmless, undefiled, 

separate from sinners, 

and made higher than the heavens;


Hebrews 13:4

King James Version

4 Marriage is honourable in all, 

and the bed undefiled: 

but whoremongers and adulterers 

God will judge.


James 1:26-27

King James Version

26 If any man among you seem to be religious, 

and bridleth not his tongue, 

but deceiveth his own heart, 

this man's religion is vain.

27 Pure religion and undefiled before God 

and the Father is this, 

To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, 

and to keep himself unspotted from the world.


1 Peter 1:3-4

King James Version

3 Blessed be the God and Father 

of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

which according to his abundant mercy 

hath begotten us again unto a lively hope 

by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 To an inheritance incorruptible, 

and undefiled, 

and that fadeth not away, 

reserved in heaven for you,


1 Peter 1:15-16

King James Version

15 But as he which hath called you is holy, 

so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

16 Because it is written, 

Be ye holy; for I am holy.


Who can teach us to be holy?

How do we go about that?

Only by being born again.

From which GOD's SPIRIT will teach us.

Everything about the LORD JESUS.

Who taught us by example.

1 Peter 2:21

King James Version

21 For even hereunto were ye called: 

because Christ also suffered for us,

leaving us an example, 

that ye should follow his steps:


And here's His example:

Matthew 22:37-40

King James Version

37 Jesus said unto him, 

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, 

and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, 

Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40 On these two commandments 

hang all the law and the prophets.


1 John 4:10

King James Version

10 Herein is love, 

not that we loved God, 

but that he loved us, 

and sent his Son 

to be the propitiation 

for our sins.


1 Peter 1:18-19

King James Version

18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed 

with corruptible things, as silver and gold, 

from your vain conversation received 

by tradition from your fathers;

19 But with the precious blood of Christ, 

as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:


1 Peter 2:22

King James Version

22 Who did no sin, 

neither was guile found in his mouth:


1 Peter 2:23-24

King James Version

23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; 

when he suffered, he threatened not; 

but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:

24 Who his own self bare our sins 

in his own body on the tree, that we, 

being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: 

by whose stripes ye were healed.


1 John 3:3

King James Version

3 And every man that hath this hope in him 

purifieth himself, even as he is pure.


1 John 3:5

King James Version

5 And ye know that he was manifested 

to take away our sins; 

and in him is no sin.


JESUS gave up His life, that we may live.

It is fitting we follow His example.

Of loving GOD, and each other.

Of being obedient to His commandments.

That we may all live, think, and act right.

In a way that pleases the LORD.

More articles here.


Related material:

JESUS

The SOUND mind

MIND of CHRIST

The CHILDLIKE mind


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