January 19
Hypocrites And Unholy Hearts
Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man. Matthew 15:11
Read Matthew Chapter 15
The scribes and Pharisees were always trying to catch Jesus and His disciples off guard with questions regarding the law. Jesus, knowing their hypocritical hearts, exposes the motives to their questions, and turns the attention to their own sinful actions. The scribes and Pharisees were concerned about the disciples having dirty hands. Jesus poses His concerns about their dirty hearts. We too must guard our hearts from falling into the trap of judging others. It is so easy and wrong to make assumptions about people based on their outward appearance. Like Jesus, we need to look a little deeper into the heart, beginning first with our own hearts. The cutting and sharp words from the scribes and Pharisees revealed their defiled hearts. Jesus called them hypocrites in verse 7. We need to nurture our hearts with holy things, and pray that they will be reflected in our lives.

Prayer: Father, create in us pure hearts.

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