Love our City – Purity in the Pursuit of Justice

I love the Message version of Matthew 5:8 which states “You’re blessed when you
get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the
outside world.” Other translations speak of having a “pure heart”.

God is concerned with our hearts. Purity in the context of this verse means free from
corrupt desire, from sin and guilt. Purity is often also synonymous with being
singular, consistent or “un-mixed”. Our hearts, our inside world, needs to be singular
in pursuit of and focus on God.

God is also concerned with justice. And these two concerns, that of the heart and
that of justice, are symbiotic.

In acting out justice, particularly in our age where the measure of justice is often set
by the secular world with fine sounding and sometimes divisive arguments, there is
need to ensure that our hearts are pure. That our inside world is put right and aligned
singularly to God and a biblical definition of justice; a justice that reflects God’s
character and standards.

Pertaining to justice there can also be a tendency for us to have hardened or
disinterested hearts. Confronting the many injustices we observe daily in our nation
and world we can feel overwhelmed and uncertain how to enact justice. This can
easily lead to rationalizing inaction and even at times the continued existence and
perpetuation of the injustice.

Micah 6 verse 8, amongst many other scriptures, emphasizes God’s directive for us
to pursue justice. “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does

the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly
with your God?”. May a humble walk with God and a love for kindness guide us in
enacting justice.

Be encouraged to examine your heart, bring it before God and allow His Spirit to
work in you to have your inside world put right – so that you may see God in the
outside world and believe for and work with Him in the outworking of biblical justice
in this world.

By Tarryn Jansen van Vuuren