REFLECT – Day 30:
‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.’
I don’t know what you have found helpful during this exploration. Perhaps there have been times when you have thought: ‘hey, i’m pretty good at this integrity thing.’
Perhaps you have also been challenged by the need to keep watch on your innermost self, the heart, where pride and sin can so easily and secretly grow.
But throughout we have been so thankful for the Cross of Christ. How because of this immensely loving sacrifice we can now turn to Christ in whatever state and find God’s forgiveness.
Today we look at ‘the way of holiness’ and start by looking at our passage: Galatians 5:16-26.
On good days, we long for our hearts to be made clean and pure. But we cannot make them so.
Pure hearts flow from God’s grace alone in Christ. We come to seek forgiveness and a new beginning through the cross.
Baptism is the sign of this once-and-for-all new beginning. Outwardly, we are washed in water as a sign of our inward spiritual cleansing through the cross. Outwardly, our old life dies and a new life begins.
The new life is a journey of change by the grace of God. The spirit gradually works within us to bring out different qualities – Paul calls them fruits here.
Like the beatitudes, fruits are the character of Christ, formed within his people.
Slowly, God works within us by the Holy Spirit to form Christ in us and to help us become the people we are called to be.
Open our hearts
to the riches of your grace
that we may bring forth
the fruit of the Spirit
in love and joy and peace;
through Jesus Christ your son our Lord.
Collect for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity
Talk to a Christian friend who is walking this journey with you. Ask one another what God is doing within & through this reading of the Beatitudes.