Words of Truth

Olga and I have been considering new opportunities in Estonia, and a friend in the US, who will move to Russia soon with her family, sent the following note.  We are blessed to have friends who consider so deeply the things of God and share them so freely to encourage us.

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I have been thinking about purity of heart and a few scriptures have come to my mind.

Matthew 5:8 — “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

Psalm 24:3,4 — “Who may ascend the hill of the Lord?  Who may stand in His holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false.”

Psalm 51:10 — “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

I believe that purity is related to holiness.  Hebrews 12:14 says  “. . . without holiness no one will see the Lord.”

Someone who is pure in heart is a person whose thoughts and motives are blameless,  someone who does not just do right things but who is also far from anything that defiles.

I also think of a pure diamond: when it is clean and pure, it can reflect light and cast around all kinds of color.  When we are pure, then the light of God, when it shines on us, will be reflected in us and shine forth and all will see it and glorify the Lord.

Covenant Service

Many years ago I attended a New Year’s Eve service at a small Methodist church near Athens, Georgia.  They were holding a Covenant Service; this service was written by John Wesley in 1755 to encourage people to regularly re-state their commitment to the Lord.

This service has been very important to me over the years.  When Olga and I started building our relationship, I told her about it. And on our wedding night, we went through this service together.  It is a foundation of our marriage.  And as individual disciples of the Lord, it is a foundation of our walk with Him.

The service begins with a prayer for purity, and continues with worship, thanksgiving, confession of sin, asking of forgiveness, and then the assurance that our sins are indeed forgiven, in Christ.  After this time of preparation, the service has a wonderful final prayer:

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