The Voice (VOICE)
8 People honor Me with their lips,
but their hearts are nowhere near Me.
9 Because they elevate mere human ritual to the status of law,
their worship of Me is a meaningless sham.[a]
10 (to the multitude) Hear and understand this: 11 What you put into your mouth cannot make you clean or unclean; it is what comes out of your mouth that can make you unclean.
Those Scriptures pierce the heart and should be examined carefully.
It's so easy to talk the talk, to attend the church gatherings, to stop eating meat during Lent or whatever we do as a sacrifice. But if our heart isn't in a peaceful place, it's all a sham...it's worthless before Christ.
I'll be the first to confess that my heart for others isn't always in the best place. I've struggled greatly this sacred season. I want my heart to break for the things that break The Lord's heart.
But it doesn't always work out like that.
Thus, my real struggle.
My personal "after action" reviews have been painful. The awareness of my heart "failure" is good. It's humbling because I'm usually unaware of how my heart operates my mouth.
But I made it a point to be mindful of my actions this season. I've checked my heart at the door. I've hung my words out to dry. I've stopped several verbal train wrecks.
But like an addict who must always be on the lookout for fear of stumbling, I must practice mindfulness.
I must always be aware of my heart/mouth sins.