What Jesus Did! 'From Within: The Heart Inside' — Mark 7:20

Thursday, April 30, 2020

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And then [Jesus] added, "It is what comes from inside that defiles you."
— Mark 7:20 NLT

Key Thought

Wow! What a powerful message in today's world where people deliberately expose themselves to so many forms of hurtful images and thoughts. Jesus stressed the importance of being pure — not just in our actions, but especially in our hearts and minds! Let's hear clearly Jesus' demand that we be righteous body, soul, and spirit!

Today's Prayer

Holy Father, my loving God, please forgive me of secret sin. Especially forgive and strengthen me so that I can throw off any influence that would pull me away from you and the holiness that you long to share with me. Help me keep both my thoughts and my actions pure. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Chronicles 28:9
  • Psalm 7:9
  • Mark 12:30


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Illustration of Mark 7:20 NLT — And then [Jesus] added, "It is what comes from inside that defiles you."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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