So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22 ESV)
Having a pure heart does not mean I have to be sinless or perfect. I believe it means calling on God for no other reason than to worship and love him. It is the constant effort to keep ourselves unstained from the world by following the Word of God. Sin and selfish ambitions are the root causes of corruption because they focus on what I want and not what the Lord wants.
When we pursue righteousness, faith, and love, it is understood that we are obeying the commandments of Jesus and applying the principles that he has taught us. Remember, he instructed us to pursue the Kingdom of God and his righteousness. That is our spiritual priority.
How is your walk with Jesus today? If you honestly answered that you are “trying to do better,” then it is fair to say that you placed him second on your list. But don’t let that discourage you. Just make it a point to recommit yourself to have a stronger relationship with him by making him number One. We are all human and get easily distracted, and Jesus certainly understands you better than you understand yourself. Thankfully, he is patient, always full of grace, and always ready to forgive. So I challenge you to have a consistent time with him. Read his word and to pray by offering your praises, thanks, and confessions.
“Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul. I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me!” (Psalm 66:16-20)