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tainly

these

gross

sins

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be

But he who is free from these extherefore, by no means yet pure in heart.

abandoned. cesses

is,

Purity of heart embraces the entire life of the Pride, arrogance, dishonest practice, anger, soul. hate, falsehood, and so much more, including even ordinary vanity and self-sufficiency make the waters of the human heart muddy and unclean. Whatever does not belong in the heart renders it unclean. As a pond becomes unclean by what passersby throw into it, so the human heart is defiled by everything that God did not create in it, but which has entered into it from Satan or from the world. And the awful part of it is that already at birth so many germs of impurity were imparted unto it, which until death are never That we live in a world which wholly lost. strongly furthers the growth of these impurities. That we mingle with people, who, inwardly impure, accustom us, so long as it does not lead to gross excess, to make light of this impurity in This ourselves, and of like impurity in them. weakens our moral sense, our moral judgment, and makes us dream of a pure heart, the whiles

many

we remain impure of heart. had meant that they only go out free, who never caught their own heart in any impure

in

points

If Jesus

thought, inclination or sensation again, this beatitude would drive the soul to despair. For no one The struggle with impure germs in is like this. We make adthe heart continues until death. vances, but only by applying an ever finer test; by detecting impurity in things which before did not even suggest the thought of sin to us. The more we advance in faith, the keener the eye of 409

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

To be near unto God - pagina 413

Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

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