Keep thyself pure,
Exercise free volition,
Keep thyself in the fear of the Lord all the day long.
These are three, first being:
“Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.” Titus 1:15
A Pure heart produces Charity, faith, and a good conscience, from 1 Timothy 1:5 — Purifies from unlove, unfaith, bad conscience.
The Pure in heart see God and think on pure things.
Paul served with a pure conscience. Pure hearts hold righteousness, faith, charity and peace; find wisdom, purify themselves by obeying the truth through the Spirit. (All taken from Bible truths).
There was a servant in Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s house who used to do all the household chores.
Vidyasagar always showed him affection and treated him like his family members.
One day, when Vidyasagar was descending the stairs of his house, he saw his servant sleeping on the staircase with a letter in his hand. Vidyasagar slowly took out the letter from his hand and read it and came to know about the bad news. Vidyasagar saw that the servant had a streak of tears on his face, perhaps he sobbed himself to sleep. Seeing his servant in this condition the feeling of sympathy evoked in Vidyasagar’s heart. He went inside the room and brought a hand fan and started fanning his servant so that he could sleep comfortably.
…one of Vidyasagar’s friends came… ‘How can you be engaged in the service of a servant whose salary is hardly seven-eight bucks?’
Vidyasagar said, “My father also used to earn seven-eight bucks in a month. I remember one day while my father was returning home he felt unconscious and fell on the road, and a passerby helped him with water. In my servant, I can see the image of my late father.” Pure thoughts love. amritham99.blogspot.com/2012/10/purity-of-heart.html
Exercise free volition.
Franz Delitzsch co-authored a complete Old-Testament commentary and says,
“Man, which thinks and perceives could not be called in Scripture, ‘heart,’ unless the will were the peculiar central feature in a man, which precedes perception.”
Jesus said, “they that will do the will of God will know the doctrine….”
“A man had two sons.”
The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve.
He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger!’ Luke 15
“I will, I will, I will
go home to my father.”
To purified thinking awoke free will.
Finally, Fear the Lord:
“Let not thine heart envy sinners: but be thou in the fear of the LORD all the day long. For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off.” Pro 23:17-18
“… but actually there’s a better picture for the fear of the Lord. It’s like a teenage driver who suddenly spots her father’s car in her rearview mirror. Seeing him back there puts her on notice to be on her best behavior—to use her blinkers and stop at the yellow light, and to keep both hands on the wheel. But it also tells her that her father cares enough to follow her. It tells her that she’s safe. Her father isn’t trying to trap or trick her. He’s trying to help her develop good habits; not just to be careful on this trip, but to obey the laws and stay safe until she gets home…” http://www.preachingtoday.com/illustrations/2011/october/4101711.html
Fear of the Lord begins wisdom, prolongs days, is a fountain of life, departs men from evil, tendeth to life, satisfies, removes evil visits .
Proverbs 22:4 says; “By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honor, and life. ” Love ya