Friday, January 2, 2015

Consider Our Hearts, RDJ 1/2/2015

Journal Entry 1/15/2004

“Jesus called the crowd to him and said ‘Listen and understand. What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him unclean, but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him unclean. . . But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man unclean.’” Matthew 15:10, 18.
               Jesus has been confronted by the Pharisees about hand washing. He responded with their breaking God’s word for the sake of their tradition.

               The Master told then what goes into a man’s body doesn’t make him unclean but what comes out does. The disciples went to Jesus and told Him he had offended the Pharisees. Peter asked Him to explain the parable.

               The Teacher told them that what comes out of our mouths comes from the overflow of our hearts.
               When we hear someone saying foul things, their thoughts come from a foul heart. We believe our brain controls all our speech but Jesus says our hearts do. If our heart is cleansed from sin, then what comes out of our mouth will be pure. Then we will be clean.

               King David asked God to create a new heart in him. God forgave David of his sin. He can create a new heart in us, if need be and God will forgive our sin.


    This is my writing from eleven years ago.

The focus scripture came alive for me one day when I realized I said something I shouldn’t have. I thought about why I let my mouth go into saying very harsh words. I found myself thinking that I was angry to the point of frustration. Deeper than that, my heart felt as if it were boiling over.
               I learned a great lesson that day; this scripture passage is true.

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