In the Zeta creed, there is a line that says, “be steadfast, strong, and clean of heart and mind, remembering that since the thought is father to the deed only that which we would have manifested in our experience should be entertained in thought.” As we walk through day to day life, we need to remind ourselves that purity of heart and mind is necessary in order to live a healthy life, especially as Christians.
Philippians 1:9-10: “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless in the day of Christ.”
Paul is trying to encourage his fellow Christians to live pure and blameless lives. Because there is sin in this world, and we are fallen humans, we will never be utterly blameless. However, we are in charge of our specific actions, and we can either use them to further the kingdom of God, or to selfishly benefit ourselves. God wants His children to represent Him in how they speak and act. When we choose to get caught up in drama, unhealthy lifestyle choices, and sin, we are ultimately disrespecting God and portraying a negative view of Christianity to the world around us. Instead, when we love others well, walk humbly, and fully think before we act, we are glorifying God and finding fulfillment in our faith.
Personally, I have found that when I strive to be more clean of heart, I have loved others far better. When you cleanse your heart, you begin to realize just how much love you can openly and freely give to others. I would encourage you all to actively begin to cleanse your hearts and minds for the glory of God. Also, stand strong in your faith and never forget to realize that the people who “love a pure heart and who speak with grace will have the King for a friend” (Proverbs 22:11).
By Jacquelyn Groux