by Sis. Kim McDougal
Now Jesus is talking to the religious leaders of that day and basically telling them that what’s on the inside of them didn’t line up with the outside. In other words, they were hypocrites. Have you ever heard the phrase, “Do as I say, not as I do!”?
The two things that need to come together in harmony is the heart and mouth. Believe me, if you have bitterness in your heart, it will come forth out of your mouth. There’s a real difference however with the Pharisees in Jesus’ day…they spoke religiously, but inside they were anything but. God wants our heart to be free of any hypocrisy; that’s free from our sinful ways and then our mouths will follow.
It’s important that if we have hurts, hang-ups, or habits that we first get our heart right through our Heavenly Father. This way, what comes out our mouths will be pleasing and edifying. Is your heart afraid? Has it been broken? Does your heart lay awake at night thinking ill of someone or some thing? Ask the Lord for a new heart today. David in Psalms 51:10 did, he said, “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” He wanted his heart to be right with God, let’s follow his example for our heart.