Bible Society of South Africa
Benescke Janse van Rensburg

A new start – Day 4

A new start … with a pure heart

Bible text(s)

3Who has the right to go up the LORD's hill?

Who may enter his holy Temple?

4Those who are pure in act and in thought,

who do not worship idols

or make false promises.

Psalms 24:3-4GNBOpen in Bible reader

8Happy are the pure in heart;

they will see God!

Matthew 5:8GNBOpen in Bible reader

23Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, 24and you must put on the new self, which is created in God's likeness and reveals itself in the true life that is upright and holy.

25No more lying, then! Each of you must tell the truth to one another, because we are all members together in the body of Christ. 26If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not stay angry all day. 27Don't give the Devil a chance. 28Those who used to rob must stop robbing and start working, in order to earn an honest living for themselves and to be able to help the poor. 29Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you. 30And do not make God's Holy Spirit sad; for the Spirit is God's mark of ownership on you, a guarantee that the Day will come when God will set you free. 31Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort. 32Instead, be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ.

Ephesians 4:23-32GNBOpen in Bible reader

Needles, buttons, coins, a TV remote control, a salt pot and animal bones. These are some of the strange items that doctors have removed from patients, at a Croatian hospital, over the past years. At first, hospital staff collected the objects to show young medical students what to expect when operating on patients. Afterwards, the hospital mounted a selection of these strange objects for visitors to see.

The main reason why doctors need to remove strange objects as soon as possible is to prevent infection, caused by the object, from spreading throughout the whole body.

Sometimes we allow “strange objects” in the form of selfishness, jealousy, pride, bitterness and an unforgiving heart to take root in our lives. If we do not identify it and allow God to remove it, it will affect our lives as an infection does.

God is holy and he desires for us to live holy lives. Listen to the words in Psalm 24:3-4: “Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart.” Listen also to Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:8: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

In Ephesians 4:23-32, we find helpful guidelines to prevent these harmful attitudes from infecting our lives: “Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy. So stop telling lies … And don’t sin by letting anger control you … If you are a thief, quit stealing … Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them … Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behaviour. Instead, be kind to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”

God is our Surgeon. Moreover, because he loves us, he can remove these harmful attitudes and cut them away before they infect our lives. Let us, therefore, ask him to lead us through his Holy Spirit, to identify the attitudes that need to be removed. Do not wait until it is too late! God bless.

Bible Society of South Africav.4.16.16
Find us on