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The Pharisees in Jesus’ day were very concerned about being “clean”. They worried more about what entered the body than what came out. Their outward relationship with people was not a loving and caring one, but one of judgement and condemnation. Jesus came along and turned everything around. He pointed out that what comes out of you is the more important than what is placed in you. In Matthew 15:19-20 Jesus said, 19 “For out of the heart come evil evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what make a man ‘unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean.’ “ Let us be more concerned with what comes out of our mouths and the actions we produce with our hands than what we put in. This does not mean we can put filth into our minds and expect beautiful things to come out, but it does mean we must be intentional about producing love through our actions and words.

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