Read Mark 7:14 – 23
“Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” Jesus (Mark 7:15)
I was having a conversation with someone at the local country store in which he told me that you could really tell what a person was like at their children’s ball games. He noted that in the heat of those moments, people are no longer able to keep up the pleasant face that they normally show. Their emotions can get the better of them.
Jesus was saying something similar in these words. What is really inside of us will come out in how we behave. A liar might be able to fool some, but his lies still define who he is. And God is not fooled.
We sometimes have a tendency to define a truly spiritual person by superficial actions. He doesn’t curse. She always goes to church. Jesus was talking about the belief among God’s people that certain foods could not be eaten or it would render them unclean. He told them that such superficial practices did not matter. They are not a good measure of spiritual health.
A heart that is right with God will produce behavior that honors God. The gospel changes us from the inside out as God sends His Spirit to live within us and make us new.
Love in Christ,
Greg Burriss, Pastor
Rocky River Baptist Church
Siler City, NC