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Mark 7:14-23 The Tradition of the Elders

Mark 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications

Spencer W. Kimball

“Transgression and uncleanness and filth are found in all sexual sins. In clarifying a parable, the Savior said: .

   ‘.. Out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,    Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:    All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.’ (“mark 7:21″mark 7:22″mark 7:23Mark 7:21-23.)

“It is not the soil of earth or the grease on a person’s hands that defile him; nor is it the fingernails ‘edged in black,’ the accumulated perspiration from honest toil, or the body odor resulting from heavy work. One may bathe hourly, perfume oneself often, have hair shampooed frequently, have fingernails manicured daily, and be a master at soft-spoken utterances, and still be as filthy as hell’s cesspools. What defiles is sin, and especially sexual sin.” (The Miracle of Forgiveness [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1969], 62)

Reflection: From their hearts. One is right before God not because of the clean food one eats or because of the washing ritual prescribed by the Pharisees. What matters is conversion or change of heart. To be a child of God and a disciple of Jesus is to have a contrite heart and to live an honest and holy life.

We can all relate with God and enter into communion with God. We are not categorized as clean or unclean. We can share in God’s life and work in God’s vineyard. Jesus calls for purity of heart which expresses itself in inspiring others, doing good for others, caring for people in need, forgiving, and seeking forgiveness.

What is in your heart? What comes out of your lips?

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