Mark 7:14-15

 Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. “All of you listen,” he said, “and try to understand. It’s not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart.”

Insight - Try to understand. Jesus knew that the human heart was sometimes slow to grasp truth! But he still had a very powerful point to make, he wanted us to really come to terms with the fact that it's what in our hearts that really matters. We tend to focus on the external, while Jesus reminds us that it's what is inside us that both defiles us or defines us as well. May we then guard our hearts and fill them with the truth of God's word today.

Prayer - Jesus, thank you for your patience, I want to understand your teaching regarding my heart condition. Please teach me to guard my heart and to allow you to have full ownership of it as well. Help me to not just "follow the rules" or to practice outward religious exercises, but instead I will examine my heart first as I seek to live for and worship you!  Amen.