And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”
-Jesus was addressing His disciples & taught that; whatever comes from outside cannot defile a man but only that which originates from the heart. All evil comes from the heart & thus the call to set our minds on things above for our lives are hidden in Christ that we put to death all evil until our final glory with Him (Col 3:2-5).
-Thought is written as machashabah in Hebrew & it means to plan, scheme, comprehend, intend, contemplate, meditate or recollect. It also means to have a conscious mind or an extent of reasoning, to remember past experiences & make rational decisions. It requires one to employ his/her mind rationally & objectively in evaluating or dealing with a given situation so as achieve set objectives.
-Evil thoughts always originate from the heart. This was the prime cause of the massive deaths by floods during the time of Noah. The thoughts of man were continually wicked that caused Gods’ heart to grief for man (Gen 6:5-6). The heart has also been referred to as evil above all things & desperately wicked (Jer 17:6). Therefore, evil thoughts inherent in the soul conceptualize & mature into sin. The wisdom of the world’s is foolishness with God & causes one to sin when he/she veers away from the presence of God (1 Cor 3:19-20). When Isaac realised that the wisdom of God was not in Gerar, he lied to Abimelech, that his wife Rebekah was his sister (Gen 26:7). His father Abraham had done the exact same thing & God delivered them from the hands of the Philistines. A message of hope to all was delivered to Mary by Simeon; confirming that which had been spoken by prophet Isaiah that her Child Jesus, was destined for the fall & rising, for all mankind to be saved (Luke 2:34-35). Christ; Who is the word discerns the thoughts of all men & corrects us when we submit to Him, in the effort to reconcile us to the Father. He reminds us to make rational decisions & focus on those things which are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, praiseworthy & give a good report for this is the will of God for us (Phil 4:8).
Lord our Father, have mercy on us & on the whole world. We submit to You with humility in our hearts, that You train us in Your wisdom. Renew our minds & give us strength to focus on that which is pure & of good report for the glory of Your name. Create in us a clean heart, Lord & renew Your steadfast Spirit within us. Bless us & direct us in Your grace what we may succeed in all things. All glory, honour & praise belong to You. Amen
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