“…whatever is pure…dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8
Well, did you do it? Did you check to see if you had “Sex on your Keyboard”? I have to admit, when I saw this photo–I checked. Even though, a part of me knew that the keys do not line up to form the word “sex”, I still had to check. So, I glanced down and made sure that every letter was where it should be. Ultimately, I want things lined up correctly and there is no harm in double checking, right?
One of my biggest battles is trusting myself. From the first thoughts that I have in the morning, until my head is falling onto my amazing pillow at night, I am in a constant battle to keep my heart in check. I want to be in sync with the will of the Lord and always have pure intentions, but it amazes me at how quickly my heart can get derailed.
Knowing this about myself caused me to approach this “whatever is pure” post with a discerning and wary mindset. How can I write about dwelling on that which is pure, if my own heart is not always pure?
After several days of contemplation and consideration, I have come to realize that my heart problem may not be a problem after all. Yes, I want to have a pure heart, but the awareness of how it can become distracted may not be a bad thing. Having to do a “double check” on my heart is not a bad thing.
In Hebrews 4:12, the Bible is described as being “living and active” with power to judge the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. In my understanding of this passage, the desire to maintain a pure heart will require checking it against God’s word. Impure thoughts are also not the only things God sees, because the passage goes on to say that “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight” (Hebrews 4:13). This means that He also sees the desire for the pure heart. He created me, and he sees not just the sinful side, but the side that desires to be pure. His living and active word is there to help me keep my heart in a place of pure motives.
My heart issue becomes something about myself that makes me more dependent on God. This struggle makes me rely on Scripture. My reliance pleases Him. So, I open my Bible and glance down at His word. Then, I close my eyes and make sure that every thought is where it should be. Ultimately, I want things lined up correctly and there is no harm in double checking, right?