马太福音 15:15-20: 彼得对耶稣说：“请将这比喻讲给我们听。”16耶稣说：“你们到如今还不明白吗？17岂不知凡入口的、是运到肚子里、又落在茅厕里吗？18惟独出口的、是从心里发出来的、这才污秽人。19因为从心里发出来的、有恶念、凶杀、奸淫、苟合、偷盗、妄证、谤讟，20这都是污秽人的。至于不洗手吃饭、那却不污秽人。”
Matthew 15: 15-20: 15 Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.” 16 “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17 “Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”
School shootings. Parents keeping their children in cages. Clergy abusing children that trust them. Seemingly well adjusted teenagers committing suicide. Adults gambling away their families home and savings account. What’s the question that people ask when they hear stories like this in the news? “How could anyone do such a thing?”
If you think you are above doing something awful, then you are wrong. You are not above it at all. In fact, these sins lurk in the hidden corners of your heart, in your sinful nature. Listen to the list that Jesus makes. Murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. The Bible says that David was a man after God’s own heart, and yet he committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her husband to cover up his affair. Where did that come from? From within his sinful heart. Everyone of us is capable of any sin at any time.
At the same time, we have a new person inside of us that is created to be like God. That’s why every day is a battle. My new self wants what God loves and my old self wants what God hates. Be thankful that Jesus has given us the victory over sin by his death and resurrection. At the same time, never let your guard down. When you hear of the terrible things that people do, repent of the evil desires in your heart and flee to the throne of God’s grace for mercy and strength.
Prayer: Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you. Amen. (Psalm 51:10-12 – David’s Prayer)