The Pharisees have accused Jesus of being in league with Satan because he cast a demon from a man who was blind and mute. Jesus responds the way that John the Baptist did and calls them a brood of vipers. He does not mince words and says that their words are representative of people who have evil hearts.
Many people bristle at the idea that some have evil hearts.. these think that all people are basically good. It reminds me of our need for spiritual rebirth and inner transformation.. and of this promise from the prophet Ezekiel:
I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.The truth is that we all need a new heart that is neither evil or desperately wicked. The promise is that God will give us that new heart when we respond to him. And our mouths will speak good things from that new heart.
Thank you Lord for your transforming power. Thank you for my new heart.