EXERCISE #6 – Matthew 5:8 ~ PURE IN HEART
Memory verse: Matthew 5:8

1. Look up the word ‘pure’ in a dictionary or concordance and write out a definition.

2. What does having a pure heart mean? Consider the following Scriptures: Ezekiel 36:26, Hebrews 10:19-22, and 2 Corinthians 5:17.

3. To maintain a clean, pure heart, we must guard our thoughts, beliefs, and values, making sure they are righteous and pleasing to God. Read Philippians 4:8 and write down a description of what our thoughts should consist.

4. Read 2 Corinthians 6:11-7:1. What promises is the Apostle Paul referring to in 2 Corinthians 7:1?
How would you suggest we “cleanse ourselves from filthiness of the flesh and spirit?”

5. Considering that 2 Corinthians 6:11-7:1 is a call to holiness, take time to evaluate yourself in light of these verses:

Verse 12 - “...they were restricted by their own affections...” What do you love? What attracts your attention and affection?

Verse 14 - Are you unequally yoked in some way with unrighteousness? Are you communing with darkness? (With whom are you in close relationship? Are your business dealings all righteous?)

Verse 16 - Are there any idols in your “temple?” Is there anything you love more than you love God? Do any of the following things demand your time or attention more than He deserves: material possessions, money, position or status?

Verse 17 - Are you touching or embracing anything that is unclean? What attracts your eyes and your ears?

Read 2 Corinthians 7:1 again. Having the promise of God’s Fatherhood, His acceptance and presence, and the joy of belonging to Him, let us determine to rid ourselves of anything that contaminates us in the flesh, soul or spirit. Take time to pray about these things, repenting where necessary.

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