Today I will further talk about “Pure heart”. If you are new to this blog, please click and read the followings:
Yesterday one of my readers asked me about walking the narrow road (Matthew 7:13-14). I am going to give you three idea:
- Read the Bible, learn the teachings of Jesus, and follow his footsteps;
- Forego our desire for enjoyment, money and power, and
- Make decisions unconditionally and show Him that you love Him with concrete actions.
I will try to explain the “Pure Heart” concept in the coming three days. Thank you for staying tuned.
I had talked about temptations before, how I was faced with the dilemma of going the narrow road, which was difficult but rewarding, or following the wide road, which led to destruction. (Matthew 7:13-14) This serves as both a teaching and warning from Jesus: the wide road leads to destruction. And the first step, as has been taught by Jesus, towards doing the right thing, which is travelling the narrow road, isn’t that difficult after all. You can do that. I say once again, you can do that, in this present age. For this present age purity, I will talk tomorrow.
By saying that you can do that, means the first step towards the narrow road is both a difficult, and an easy one. The first important step is to study the Bible. Studying the Bible means reading and understanding the life and teachings of Jesus, to admit that He is our Saviour, and to follow His teachings in our everyday lives when making choices and decisions. His teachings are the fundamental and building block principles of our everyday lives, His way is “the way”. For those of you who have not yet come across the idea of reading the Bible, now is the best time for you to give it a try. I understand it is a difficult decision to try to pick up the Bible to read, as this first step, and the decision to read the Bible, may deter many people. Reading the Bible, as is the first step towards the narrow road and purity, is difficult, but once you start reading it, you will find reading the Bible very fruitful, and will be easy once you make the first move. You’ll love reading the Bible, once you start believing in Jesus, because you have already started a great relationship with God, the loving, pure and unconditional relationship with God.
After successfully convincing yourself that you will give it a try to lead a new direction in life, the temptations then follow. You will be tempted towards many things that Satan, the Devil, will hope to destroy your relationship with God. And one of the important concepts is the desire for enjoyment, money and power. This is what Matthew described as the wide road, which leads to destruction. We can expect to have a rough ride to get rid of these temptations and “wrong” way of life, but let me remind you, in our present age, we are fortunate enough to know that we do have the capacities to walk this narrow road, that is to forego our desire and work with God, in much easier circumstances. But you have to prepare for a change of mindset, in which the Bible will transform you.
Please continue to read my blog post tomorrow, which will talk about the topic of foregoing our desire for enjoyment, money and power. Please stay tuned, you might have a paradigm shift.