“It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.”…”But the words you speak come from the heart - that’s what defiles you.”
How easy is it for us, as humans, to replace what really matters with things that are fake, temporary, and ultimately unsatisfying? The Pharisees did this by elevating their man-made traditions above the commands of God, and Jesus corrects them by bringing them back to the heart issue. Jesus explains that no tradition could bring them closer to God, only a heart that’s oriented toward Him.
God we want to know you in a true and intimate way. Show me where I’m trusting in things or people other than you for my fulfillment, and lead my heart to know you more.