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January 10, 2023

God Purifying Our Hearts

Matt. 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 15:18 But the things which proceed out of the mouth come out of the heart, and those defile the man. (19) For out of the heart come evil reasonings, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnessings, blasphemies.

Brothers and sisters, we have to be careful about our words and our attitude, but we have to be more careful about the thoughts of our heart. Sometimes what we do outwardly does not necessarily reflect the condition of our heart. Only our inner feelings reflect the true condition of our heart. It is useless to merely guard our mouth because if the heart is not right, it will find the opportunity to express itself sooner or later. Brothers and sisters, our idle talk about others exposes our heart's condition. The more our heart is for God, and the more it seeks after Him in a pure way, the less we will have idle talk. Every time we gossip and murmur against others, it is a sign that our heart is not right. A brother once said, "If a `little brother' offends me, I can forgive him. But if a `big brother' offends me, I cannot forgive him." Another brother who was listening to him nodded his head unceasingly and fixed his eyes on his heart. The second brother was indicating, "Your heart! Your heart! If a `little brother' offends you, you can forgive him, but if a `big brother' offends you, you cannot forgive him. This exposes your heart. To forgive a `little brother' when he has offended you does not expose your heart. But when a `big brother' offends you and you cannot forgive, this exposes your heart." The presence of an offending `big brother' exposes the unforgiving heart. An object may not burn when it is lit with a match, but when it is thrown into the furnace, it will burn. This means that the object is not really incombustible. A `little brother' was not big enough to expose the heart of the brother, but a slight touch from the `big brother' exposes his heart. Brothers and sisters, do not complain about your wife or your husband. Do not complain about your parents or your children. They may be a matchstick, or they may be a furnace, but they are there to expose your heart. You should thank the Lord for them. Dear brothers and sisters, if our heart is right, no one can shake us, and our heart will always be looking to God. David was according to the Lord's heart because his heart was after God no matter where the Lord put him. He did not have anything to do directly with men; he was related directly to God. He received everything from God's hand, and he viewed everything from God's eyes. Again I repeat that God uses our circumstances to test our heart. Brothers and sisters, may we pray the same prayer as the psalmist: "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart/Be acceptable before You,/Jehovah, my rock and my Redeemer."

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee, General Messages, Vol. 37, The Collected Works of Watchman Nee, pp.172-173. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: [email protected].

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CWWN - vol. 36 (Central Messages)