A Pure Heart
“Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.” 1 Peter 1:21 NIV
“Purified yourselves by obeying the truth.” What does that mean? If I were to say to you I have lump of pure gold in my hand, what would I mean? I would mean that it was all gold. Not part platinum, not part silver, it is all gold. That comes right out of the Old Testament. David was a man who loved God with a whole heart (Ps 101:2). Not with part of his heart, but with his whole heart. When we hear the truth that Christ has died for us so that we might share his divine nature (2 Pet 1:4) and then obey his command to be filled with his Spirit (Acts 1:4–8; Eph 5:18), our hearts, the core of our personality, are made one. We are pure. I am not talking about something mystical or ritualistic. The Holy Spirit just takes our divided heart and makes it one. We are altogether for Jesus, undivided in our love for the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.
When that happens, Peter says, we are able to love one another sincerely, genuinely, purely. Can God do something like that for people like you and me, where we can love one another, not with part of our heart, not with part of our intentions, not with part of our dreams, but with all of our heart? Oh yes, when you have gotten yourself off your hands, then you don’t need to pretend any more. When it no longer matters what they think, but only what He thinks; when you no longer have to prove something to yourself, and to the world because you have gotten yourself off your hands, then you can love other people, and you can love them with a whole heart, a pure heart.
When our hearts are not one for God, we sometimes act in loving ways because that is what is expected, and, burdened with the weight of ourselves, we want others to think that we are loving. But Peter says, “No, that is not what we are talking about. We are talking about love that gives itself away whether it is understood or expected or accepted or not.” The King James Version says it is “unfeigned love,” un-pretended love. It is pure love from a pure heart.