[Manna - June 29]
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Matthew 5:8
THE thought of "pure in heart" is not perfection of conduct, nor of word, nor of thought, but perfection of intention as respects all of these. Our desire and effort must be for perfection--in thought, word and deed. The standard before us, to which our hearts, wills, must give assent, is the divine standard, "Be ye perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect." (Matthew 5:48) God has set no lower standard than this absolute perfection, but He has provided for us grace, mercy and peace through Christ, if we will walk in His footsteps,--this purity of heart being one of the essential steps in the narrow way. Z.'00-71 R2587:5