Mar 7:14 And having summoned all the crowd, He said to them, “Hear Me, all of you and understand:
Mar 7:15 There is nothing from outside a man, that entering into him, can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man.
Mar 7:16 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!”
Mar 7:17 When He had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples were asking Him about the parable.
Mar 7:18 So He said to them, “Are you also without understanding? Do you not understand that everything entering a man from outside cannot defile him,
Mar 7:19 because it does not enter into his heart but into the stomach, and passes into the latrine, thus purifying all foods?”
Mar 7:20 And He said, “That which comes out of a man, that defiles a man.
Mar 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, come forth evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,
Mar 7:22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, arrogance, foolishness.
Mar 7:23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”
According to Jesus, the food we eat is not such a big deal compared to the words we speak. He said that things entering a man from the outside can’t defile him – because they pass through the digestive system and are eliminated. But the evil words we speak show the evil that is still somewhere in our hearts – and when we speak evil, we make our hearts worse. Its a vicious circle.
In Jesus’ day, people ate healthy food, and the God-given elimination system was enough to get any toxins and impurities out of the system. Today however, we might eat highly processed food that leaves plenty of toxins in our system. This food CAN defile our bodies because our livers, kidneys, bowels, lungs and skin can’t eliminate the toxins fast enough. In this way, we might poison the body, but its NOTHING compared to the poisoning of the soul that happens when we speak wrong things.
Let us seek to renounce all elements of the old man that if given place to through speech, further defile and enforce the grip of evil on our hearts.
Let us realize that to speak JUNK WORDS is a lot more damaging to us spiritually and eternally than to EAT JUNK FOOD here and now.
I am not recommending junk food – far from it. But to speak junk words is worse. The very speaking of bad words defiles your heart, and makes you more likely to speak them next time.
On the other side, training yourself to speak words of truth, of faith, of love, if mixed with humility, CAN change our hearts as well for good.
“A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.” (Proverbs 18:20)