Mark 7:14-23 NLT
Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. “All of you listen,” he said, “and try to understand. It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart. ” Then Jesus went into a house to get away from the crowd, and his disciples asked him what he meant by the parable he had just used. “Don’t you understand either?” he asked. “Can’t you see that the food you put into your body cannot defile you? Food doesn’t go into your heart, but only passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer.” (By saying this, he declared that every kind of food is acceptable in God’s eyes.) And then he added, “It is what comes from inside that defiles you. For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.”
Reflection . . .
It’s what’s inside and comes out that defiles.
When it comes to matters of the heart and mind, which are essentially spiritual matters, we need to remember that only the truth, only Jesus can transform us. No matter how much we try on our own without the transforming work of God in and through the spirit of Jesus Christ in us, we will fail and what will eventually come out is selfish and focused on our own fleshly desires.
God does not expect us to imitate Jesus Christ. He expects us to allow the life of Jesus to be manifested.Oswald Chambers (1874–1917)