Matthew 15:10–20 (ESV)
What Defiles a Person
10 And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand: 11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this
defiles a person.” 12 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” 13 He answered, “Every plant
that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. 14 Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” 15 But Peter said to him,
“Explain the parable to us.” 16 And he said, “Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled?
18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness,
slander. 20 These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”
The Pharisees put
their righteousness in the observance of laws, such as what you eat or what you do (i.e. washing hands). Jesus is basically saying don’t worry about what you eat or what you wear, for what is in your heart is more important. Do you have heart
problems? I’m not talking about a leaky valve or blockage, what I’m talking about is do you live under grace for Christ? We don’t get into heaven because of our righteousness, but on the righteousness of Christ. What comes
out of our mouth comes from the heart. If you say mean things, you have a mean heart. If you put other’s down, you have a bad heart. Your heart exposes who you are.
I pray: O Lord, we often suffer from heart problems, because we focus on ourselves and not others. Help us Lord to change our focus from ourselves and help us to focus on you. Let the Holy Spirit help us
with our heart problems. Amen.