Posted on Monday, February 13, 2012
in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Values
My friends Kevin and Cassie and I met this weekend at the 5-8 Grill. As good as the Juicy Lucy burgers were, the conversation was even better.
As we ate and talked they smiled at one another, laughed together and completed one another’s stories. While busy, they enjoy their lives together.
Four years ago we spent quite a lot of time together as we prepared for their wedding. Now, four and a half years later it’s obvious that the love that was blossoming into marriage was in full bloom.
They love one another.
What’s it gonna take to have real love?
Richard Foster wrote, “As love has its perfect way, it leads us into purity of heart.” 1
What is a pure heart?
Is it really possible to have a pure heart?
Where’s it come from?
How do I get one?
What’s it gonna take?
At Cassie and Kevin’s wedding one of their friends sang a Bryan Adams song, “Everything I Do I Do It For You”:
Don’t tell me it’s not worth tryin’ for
You can’t tell me it’s not worth dyin’ for
You know it’s true
Everything I do – I do it for you
Those words are words that helped guide Kevin and Cassie as they sought to fulfill their vows. Love is sacrifice.
Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” 2
A Pure Heart Can Only Come From Our Creator
You may know of the David and Goliath story. He acted heroically then, but David blew it time after time. David became power-hungry, lustful, a lazy king, an adulterer, and a passive father; but, as dirty as David felt, he still wanted to have a pure heart.
He wrote and sang, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” 3
That was David’s song and mysilentscream.
1 – Richard Foster’s book Prayer: Finding Our Heart’s True Home is available here.
2 – Matthew 5:8, NIV
3 – Psalm 51:10, NIV