What Jesus Did! 'Defiled!' — Mark 7:21-23

Sunday, May 1, 2016

All these bad things begin inside a person, in the mind: bad thoughts, sexual sins, stealing, murder, adultery, greed, doing bad things to people, lying, doing things that are morally wrong, jealousy, saying bad things about people, proud boasting, and foolish living. All these evil things come from inside a person. These things make a person wrong."
— Mark 7:21-23 NLT
Illustration of Mark 7:21-23 NLT —  These things make a person wrong.

Key Thought

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. The observable immorality and corruption, however, found it's origin in Satan's influence on the inner being of a person. Externals were simply the way a person's inner life became exposed.

Today's Prayer

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 5:19-21
  • Psam 139:23-24
  • James 1:13-15

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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