“Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.”
The mouth is a most curious portal. What we take in is supposed to nourish our bodies. This is how we eat, drink, and take our vitamins and medicines. We also consume dirt and grime on occasion.
This passage is saying that the filth that sneaks into our mouths is nothing compared to that which comes out.
In my experience, anger is one of the primary ways that the wickedness of the heart gets out of the mouth, but awful things pour from our mouths really any time our carefully crafted inhibitions are lowered.
Anger, alcohol, and anxiety often expose the filth we hide in our hearts – though there are some who do not need to be uninhibited by such things because they are vile unto themselves.
It is our thoughts that defile us, not dirt. Therefore, it is the cleansing of our hearts, not our hands, that purify.
You cannot cleanse your heart; only the Lord Jesus Christ can do that. The filth of sin defiles you. It is why you are going to Hell unless you repent and believe on the Lord.
No hand washing, social distancing, and mask wearing can truly save you. Only Jesus can.
Do you know him? Is your heart clean? Are you saved?
Get clean – truly clean – today.