Matthew 15:18 “But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.”
What’s in your heart? What comes out that makes you unclean? What is your habitual expression that defiles you? Is it gossip or slander? Is it lies and half truths? Does it come out in anger or judgements? Do you use your words to tear down or manipulate?
Jesus says that all of these are heart problems. Jeremiah tells us, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9. Our hearts need to be healed. But unless we surrender them to Jesus, they will always remain the source of our sinful ways. Too often we take the symptom to Jesus, Lord help me not to be so angry with others, instead of yielding up that which is broken and in need of His healing, our heart.
If I do not allow Jesus to heal my heart, it will grow hard and calloused. The wickedness will be locked up in it and it will continue to drive my sinful behavior. Offer up your heart to Jesus tonight. Allow Him access to your inner most parts. He can heal you if you let Him.