This morning, I am thinking about how Christians have to be good people. We have to be nice, even when others are not nice to us…
I have never understood why some people are so mean. Do you have anyone in your life who is mean? Instead of getting mad, I have started praying for them. Each time, Satan tries to remind me of all the things they have done to me, I stop and pray that God blesses them. The prayers protect my heart from their words.
I have explained to my kids that not everyone is nice. They were shocked. When you have a pure heart, with pure intentions, it is hard to understand that not everyone is nice. Jesus has a pure heart. No matter what we do, he still loves us.
A pure heart shows strength. In the face of opposition, you can remain unmoved, untouched and walk away. Could you imagine somebody fighting with you, and you remain mentally strong and untouched by their words? This strength comes from Jesus, who died on the cross to forgive our sins. Jesus was tortured and treated brutally. What did Jesus say in last breath before he died?
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”
–Luke 23:34 (NKJV)
God loves us. God sees the good in us, when nobody else does. It can be hard to see some people the way that God sees them.
It can be difficult dealing with corrupt people. Their minds and conscience are contaminated. So, when you go about your business trying to do what is right in God’s sight, with a pure heart, they can get defensive. They cannot comprehend that you have pure intentions, because they do not have pure intentions.
To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.
–Titus 1:15 (NKJV)
God’s love strengthens us, so we can endure interactions with corrupt people.
God doesn’t want us to become corrupt. The bible says to reject divisive people. Divisive means to cause dissension and hostility between people. We should gently counsel them twice. If they do not change, we should no longer consider having them in our lives.
Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition
–Titus 3:10 (NKJV)
In the bible, Paul tells us how to live our lives for God. There are many areas that I struggle to do God’s will. I am just going to keep working on them through prayers and petitions to God. I am going to aim high and try each day to have a pure heart in a corrupt world.