Posted: Wednesday, February 24
Verse of the day:
Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. “All of you listen,” he said, “and try to understand. It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart." (Mark 7:14-15)
As a teenager, I used to argue with my parents about music I would listen to, movies I would watch and places I would go. I argued that because I lived in a very secular world, consuming secular things did not affect me. I could listen to foul language, but that language did not come out of my mouth. I could watch violent and mature content, but those actions did not mirror my actions. I argued that what went into my body and mind, did not defile me.
It was years later that I learned what Jesus was teaching in this verse. I started to see things that were against my nature coming out of my life. Words would come to my mind that I had not thought before; images from the past would continue to cloud my mind. I found out that when you don’t filter what you consume with your eyes and ears, those unhealthy things have a way of growing inside your heart and when they grow, they change. They grow into something dark, something sinful, and something that rots you from the inside out. I was defiled in my heart.
A friend of mine puts it this way, “Satan has the right to bill you for your sin as his convenience.” Years after living an unfiltered life, I found my heart was toxic. All those songs, movies and words were now something that was toxic in my heart. I had to truly repent of my past mistakes and begin to live a filtered life.