Last Sunday (17.08.14), I and my husband went to church in Cheras and it was our first time there. Who could have thought that the sermon would turn out to be a good one. It did not focused on religion but instead on personal betterment, on spirituality and on personal relationship with God.
He discussed one of the beatitudes in the Bible. His discussion was mainly on the passage in Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” I totally agree with the pastor about not comparing ourselves with others when it comes to anything especially about integrity because if we do, we become frustrated. Instead, focus on God alone. In that, we will be humbled. We should also strive to be more like God who is Holy. And for me this is so difficult because I am a sinner.
The preaching also emphasized on spending sometime alone, to be with God and to meditate.
What exactly does it mean to have a pure heart? In my point of view, having a pure heart means not thinking bad about others, not comparing yourself to others, not thinking you’re better than others, doing good things to others out of nothing and you do it because it feels good afterwards, doing something without deceiving others, not speaking bad about others and not wanting to hurt others. It is mainly how you deal with your neighbors. And we can acquire these by focusing on pleasing God and not men. Pleasing men often confuses us what to do and often leads us to sin such as greed, pride, envy, etc. It will also make you feel less and you will feel angry with yourself.