Matthew 15-16 B

” ‘Don’t you understand yet? ‘ Jesus asked. Anything you eat passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer. But the words you speak come from the heart – that’s what defiles you. ” 15:16-17

I love what Bethany drew from these chapters last time :

“It’s not about splitting hairs over washing rituals, doctrines or prophesies, it’s about reconciling all humanity to God, teaching them to discover His perfect original designs: Loving Him and loving each other.”

I often catch myself sliding into the habit of fixating on religious rules. I want to check off a list instead of truly working on my heart issues.

Whenever I’m reading the gospels, I often wonder, would I have been a loyal disciple of God, oblivious yet dedicated? Or would I have been a finger-wagging Pharisee, constantly following Jesus around with the rule book, trying to prove him wrong?

Unfortunately, probably the latter.

Religiosity is so much easier. You follow a detailed list of rules. Your worth and value are much more calculated because it hinges on your actions. But this is not Jesus! Jesus came to heal our sick hearts, not check our report cards.

I love getting to know Jesus. It’s a life-long process that humbles me deeply. The more I open up the Bible and read about this perfect man, the easier it is to believe him that it’s not about the rules, it’s about my heart.

And my heart is bent towards slavery. Holy Spirit, free me from this more and more and teach me to be pure of heart.


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