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Maintaining A Healthy Heart

by Brett Fuller on September 09, 2019

The religious leaders of Christ's day were very concerned about outward things. Hand washing, kosher foods and publically announced offerings were high on their religious priorities. Sadly, heart issues did not carry the same weight. The world’s hearts were sick and defiled but they were concerned about recycling plastic.

Jesus wasn't unconcerned about outward things, He just concentrated on the things of eternal import. He said in Matthew 23:25, "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man." Again, in Mark 7:20-21, “That which proceeds out of the man… defiles the man. 21"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries.”

Our generation isn’t much different than Christ's. The concentration on appearance, fitness, diet and detoxifying cleansers falsely secures the disciplined; convincing them life is found therein. However, if we focused our attention on the inward without neglecting the outward, how much more heart healthy and less dirty would our world be? Live right, live well...