A matter of the heart


Reading: Matthew 15:1-20

“But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean’.  For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.  These are what make a man ‘unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean’” (vv.18-20).

My friend, we could be doing all the outward expressions of the faith that we profess, but if our heart is not right with God, they all count for nothing.  In fact, at some point we will give away the state of our heart as what’s in it will find their way out of our mouths–at which point our actions will no longer match our claim.  The heart is like a spring, it cannot contain what is in it.  Let us fill our thoughts with God and his righteousness.  Let us have the mind of Christ.  Let us meditate on His Word day and night so that our words will be words of healing, encouragement, comfort, blessings and the many gifts that God bestowed on us his children.

“The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh….” (Jeremiah 9:25)


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