Harmful Bacteria

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. – Matthew 5:8

 Have you ever been awakened in the middle of the night craving a cold glass of milk? Only to find the milk has soured and left you with a nasty taste on the tip of your tongue? How can this be? What has caused my refreshing late night beverage to sour?

Milk contains a sugar called lactose. When lactose along with bacteria called lactobacillus reacts with oxygen it creates what is known as lactic acid, which causes the disgusting taste in our mouth when milk goes bad.

Jesus uses the specific word pure when he gives his Sermon on the Mount teaching to his disciples. The Encarta dictionary describes pure as clean, not contaminated, clear and unmixed. Meaning God sees the condition of our heart and not the outward appearance of a person.

The heart of a person is the center for who we are. It is the pump house from which all things flow. And it makes for a great hiding place. After all, the outward appearance is what people see.

Here is a thought. Imagine if you were a gallon of milk sitting on the shelf in the refrigerator. What harmful “bacteria” would cause you to sour?

I’m talking about a person who acts one way on Sunday morning- hands lifted, singing and worshipping and then the rest of the week acts like he doesn’t know God. Or maybe a person who is dishonest when he thinks no one is looking or you’re ripping off the cable company. After all, you did call and cancel the service.  Its not your fault they forgot.

I think sometimes we forget that God sees all of us, even the parts of us invaded by foreign objects. This is how I see people. Our bodies are being invaded everyday by “bacteria” known as addiction, anger, hate, fear, deceit and dishonesty to name a few. This invasion takes on different sizes and shapes and can enter our body when we are at our most vulnerable.

How can I stop these “bacterias” from invading my body? Admitting to God the presence of a foreign object in your body is a good place to start. Reach out to God in faith asking for a new heart and pray to Him for purity. Psalm 51:10 states: create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. John Piper writes: “Jesus did not come into this world simply because we had some bad habits that needed to be broken. He came into this world because we have dirty hearts that need to be purified.”

Don’t let the taste of sour milk keep you from reaching out to the Heavenly Father who longs to see you and knows your heart.-Tonya





Tonya Masoner is a part-time legal assistant and full-time school custodian. She enjoys thrift shopping, pizza Sunday’s and binge watching Netflix. She loves telling people-“God’s got a sense of humor… I don’t even drink coffee.” Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.


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