Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” [Matthew 12:24 ESV]
The Pharisees have accused Jesus of being in league with Satan.
Jesus responds the way that John the Baptist did and calls them a brood of vipers.
He 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.
Here is the promise from the prophet Ezekiel:
I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you.The truth is that we all need a new heart that is neither evil or desperately wicked.
And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
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.
... this devotion is part of the Red Letters series. Click here to read more.