And then [Jesus] 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."
— Mark 7:20-23 NLT
Sometimes in our quest to emphasize Jesus' concern about our inner being, we accidentally let go of any sense of holy standards. Jesus did not. Jesus' followers were instructed not to do so. Morality was stressed as a response to God's grace, was the product of a life led by the Holy Spirit, and was the demonstration that they died to their old life of sin when a person was baptized with Christ into his death. Immorality was condemned in specific and strong terms. However, immorality and corruption existed, finding their origin in Satan's influence on the inner being of a person. Externals were simply the way a person's inner life became exposed.
Father in heaven, please work on my heart. Purify my motives and my desires. Make me your person, holy and pure. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Galatians 5:19-23
- Psalm 139:23-24
- James 1:13-15
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.
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