17 耶穌離開眾人，進了屋子，門徒就問他這比喻的意思。 18 耶穌對他們說：「你們也是這樣不明白嗎？豈不曉得凡從外面進入的，不能污穢人， 19 因為不是入他的心，乃是入他的肚腹，又落到茅廁裡。（這是說，各樣的食物都是潔淨的）」； 20 又說：「從人裡面出來的，那才能污穢人； 21 因為從裡面，就是從人心裡，發出惡念、苟合、 22 偷盜、凶殺、姦淫、貪婪、邪惡、詭詐、淫蕩、嫉妒、謗讟、驕傲、狂妄。 23 這一切的惡都是從裡面出來，且能污穢人。」
17After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. 18“Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him ‘unclean’? 19For it doesn’t go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods “clean.”)
20He went on: “What comes out of a man is what makes him ‘unclean.’ 21For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23All these evils come from inside and make a man ‘unclean.’ ”
- We are sanctified and become holy not because of our outward behavior, but because Christ has renewed our minds, reformed us in his image. Any evil behavior begins with an idea. If we allow our thought life immersed in desires, jealousy, hatred and bitterness, eventually we will sin.
- Continue the practice of solitude and silence from yesterday. Take time to rest and to be silent. Ask the Holy Spirit to examine my inner thoughts. Is there a need for cleansing? Pray to God and ask Him to cleanse my inner wickedness.
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.