Yesterday’s post was pretty broad. This morning while reading the Gospels, I was reminded of the thoroughness with which Jesus discussed the need of changing the mind.
Mark 7:14-23… And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” 17 And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
Some months ago, I was thinking about Jesus reminding us of the Shema and the fact that he included the mind… I posed this question (or something like this)… Lord what about my thoughts are not honoring to you?
It is the Gospel which changes the mind; with this, I understand the natural state and it causes me to pray the ancient prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour, have mercy on me, the sinner.”
I know I cannot change my mind, but I am glad that He will, the blessing of the Gospel. I can’t, but He will…
“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour, have mercy on me, the sinner.”
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