“There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man.” Mark 7:15.
Many of us know this scripture. In it, Jesus is illustrating that nothing edible is defiling. However, the following verses are what made my spirit jump, “…Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not enter his heart but his stomach…What comes out of a man, that defile 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.” Mark 7:18-23.
A while back I was speaking with a friend who has been a Christian for many years. Growing up she had what many would call a “hard life”. She was in and out of foster homes, sexually abused and neglected much of her life. My friend was and is such a Godly woman. Finally I asked her one day how she reconciled what happened to her as a child and God. I couldn’t understand how the Lord would let such things happen to my sweet friend, not to mention the millions of other innocent children. Then these children grow up and they go one of two ways. They turn to God or away. Honestly speaking, at the time I could see how they would turn away but I couldn’t see how they would turn to Him after such a life.
This scripture above reminded me of my friend. Her response to my question that night was that it wasn’t God who did this to her and ultimately she had to make the decision to follow Him or to follow the world. Knowing what the world had already shown her, she chose God and today the Lord has made up to her everything she lost.
You may be wondering “why” that scripture reminded me of my friend. Things that we see, hear and experience are filtered through our heart and become the source of defilement. “…For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45. Every word that is spoken to us, if not captured into the obedience of Christ and does not line up with what the Word of God says about us, defiles our heart. Every word that comes out of our mouth when speaking to our spouse, our children or the clerk at the grocery store can defile the heart of that person. And don’t think that our actions don’t count as words either! The condescending looks and blank stares are arrows straight to the heart of the other person also. The little old lady at the grocery store who still writes a check is not ignorant of our hurry to get home. She probably once had a family to get home to also but she didn’t have the convenience of swiping that debit card…writing a check is all she knows. The condescending looks go straight to her heart as well.
Getting back on point here, in this world our hearts will be defiled by the things we allow to enter into our heart. Jealousy, covetousness, pride, vanity and deceitfulness are just some of the sins that begin to birth in our heart as a result of defilement. As a result, they over flow out of our mouths to the heart of others. All of this is straight from the pits of hell. These seeds of defilement are planted early in life and continue to spread. They grow rampantly in the hearts of children who eventually become adults. With each bend, compromise and tolerance with the ways of the world instead of the ways of the Lord, a seed is planted.
At some point we all have to choose. Just as Jesus chose us, we too will have to choose Him to stop these seeds of defilement from spreading. The Lord’s seeds of righteousness and holiness will absolutely weed out the filth of the world…but we have to choose. We have to nurture the seeds the Lord plants and allow them to spread into the hearts of those around us. We choose Jesus and change our minds about the way we have been living. All of the things that have been said or done to us, which produced our defiled hearts, are now exposed. The evil thoughts, resentment and rebellion are revealed as satan’s weapon. We run as hard and as fast as we can, into the arms of our Father who, the moment you said “I believe and I’m sorry”, stood up and ran to meet you. The strongholds are pulled down, arguments and every high thing that exalted itself against the knowledge of God are cast down (2 Cor. 10:4-5) and we are adopted into the family of God! Hallelujah!!
Be mindful of your words. What seed will your words plant into the heart of your audience? Are they words satan is using to defile a heart? Or are they words the Lord wants to use to bless a heart? – Donna Warren