Inside Out


Dinah (left) and friend.

Matthew 5:8 reads, “Blessed are the pure of heart, for they will see God.” When I think of the word pure I think full and happy, not just satisfied. More satisfied than God has provided, not seeking for human things.

Matthew 23:26 reads, “Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside will also be clean.”

God doesn’t look at us from outside in, He looks at us from inside out. I think of sin as when I look from the outside in, not paying attention to my heart’s desire to do God’s will. Rather I’m trying to satisfy the outside of my body, what seems to be best at the moment. We have all fallen into this situation many times, but as we walk the path with a pure heart, we don’t sin. When Jesus mentions the “pure of heart” in the beatitudes he is talking about those who have given everything to God and have the desire to never take anything back. They are happy with what God has given them, and they are fulfilled from it. Those people who act from the heart of God, not instinct, but through God’s will.

To be pure we simply have to give ourselves to God and never look back.

— Dinah Gilbert, LOG 91 *clap*

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