What defiles a man?

…those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man:

~ Matthew 15: 18-20, KJV ~


A person, more than likely, may look outward than inward for solutions to their problems. However, an honest spiritual recovery is about changing ourselves from within. As we come to terms with ourselves, we learn to be in relationship with friends and family. What used to be dismal in past years may present better opportunities for restoration and rich love in the present. This is because of the love we receive helps us express that love toward others as our perceptions change.

Love does not defile us. Deep, enduring, and enriching love helps us enrich our relationships with different people. What defiles us are those things that do not spring forth from love. With love, we speak life into other people. With hate, we speak forth destruction through our criticism, judgment, jealousy, anger, and resentments. What defiles us is not what is presented outside of ourselves; but, what is spoken forth from our inner sanctuary of thoughts and emotions.

Only divine love from our Heavenly Father helps us come to terms with the inward and carnal nature of our humanity. It helps us identify and transform ourselves toward love. This is why scripture says love covers a multitude of sins (cf. 1 Peter 4:8). This love is charity toward different relationships we have in our lives. We do not expect all relationships to be alike.

Therefore, no single relationship is sufficient for us: but collectively, different relationships sustain and enrich our lives and this is accomplished with love of God, love of self, and love of others.

Today, let us be thankful for genuine Godly love that gives meaning and hope in our lives.

Published by Timothy R. Berman

Founder and content provider for Damascus Way Recovery. Developing relevant content to educate, inform, and empower conversations regarding Homelessness, Substance use Disorders, and Mental Health issues from a Christian perspective and worldview.

2 thoughts on “What defiles a man?

  1. The new life journey, begins on each persons, day one in belief to God by Christ’s sacrifice.
    We those on the first day of belief to God, from inside receive new life to be taught new from Father of the risen Christ.

    For Christ’s sacrifice was, is for everyone, back to Adam and Eve, forward to this very second present.
    It is Finished as said in John 19:30, Christ yelled this truth out, and gave up the Ghost. This was and is reconciliation for us ALL, to believe or not, each one consciously so.

    This does start out in works, from us, some a lot, some a few, some just do not get it, what is done, even though Father on the first day one believed him, Father sealed them in himself, the Holy Spirit that came to earth for us to get us to see this amazing gift.

    That started at Pentecost, 10 days after he went back home, after he had been here on earth as risen for 40 days, explaining to the disciples why he had to go to death first. This was for reconciliation to us all, reconciled as forgiven to Father.

    2 Cor 5:16-20 tell us this.

    Also
    Sealed, forgiven and accepted

    Eph. 1:13,7,6 are this sealed, forgiven and accepted, by Father in Son for us to be redeemed, not in our flesh in our new Spirit given us by him as a gift, with the new heart, and it does take a hard work to fid this out to rest in the best and not take it for granted, as I remember I have done in past. How I hated that, and so seeing now to count it all joy, whenever in these adversities, not that I want them, now I can go through them to learn from them. You and all in belief too.
    James 1:1-12 tells us all about it. How to rejoice in troubles, by knowing troubles are to be learned from, not punished by God

    So, therefore, we need what? to see and be new in him, how t break down faith.

    What Faith are we given at new birth? Is it ours now to take and manipulate it, To perform it according to what we hear?

    I think not!

    For in the risen Son, Jesus Christ, we are made new, How? what is done at our new birth for us in Father to us?

    Ezekiel 36:26 Living Bible (TLB)

    26 And I will give you a new heart—I will give you new and right desires—and put a new spirit within you. I will take out your stony hearts of sin and give you new hearts of love.[a]

    Ezekiel 36:26 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

    26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

    But I thought, all flesh is evil? Yes all first born flesh is, that is born after Adam the first.

    The original flesh was not evil, Not until Adam sinned in unbelief to death would be, if he ate from that tree, only one choice. And he ate from it after Eve did, when he saw her not die right away, he doubted too and ate with her. Then he was unclothed and needed to be clothed , as God Father (not known as Father then) clothed them both with mercy. Has had mercy ever since for everyone to turn back to him in belief to his love and mercy of Son now given us to abide in, and not have to work for to have.

    To stand in appreciation, and just listen from the inside with that new heart and spirit given you.

    And just do as led, in trust for God Father’s lead, just as Jesus when on earth did 100% of the time for us.
    So Faith is given us, not earned, not turned into what anyone thinks it might be as man does. I have done and now see to just stand, in belief to his love and mercy. To me is the one and only way to stand in being new
    Seeing this below

    Colossians 1:21-23 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

    21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 if ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

    Romans 5:10 Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

    10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

    Amazing gift this is, that no man can give permanently as Father has done for us all through Son.
    It is done, just belief to him is all he waits for in from each one of us, consciously so.
    As he does the teaching now

    Hebrews 8:11, thank you
    Oh and to learn this truth too
    Luke 21:14-15, Matt. 10:16-20

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