Daily Devotional – Trials Reveal Your Heart

By on April 22, 2021

Our scripture for the Daily Devotional today is taken from Mark 7:10-23. Temptation, trials, and challenging times have a great ability to squeeze out of us what grows or festers deep within our hearts. People that have a sweet mask on to everyone can change on a dime into a very unlikeable person.

“For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’[d] and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’[e] 11 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God)— 12 then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother. 13 Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

14 Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen to me, everyone, and understand this. 15 Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.” [16] [f]

17 After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable. 18 “Are you so dull?” he asked. “Don’t you see that nothing that enters a person from the outside can defile them? 19 For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)

20 He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

What we believe and feel will always come out.

Trials and difficult times build a stronger character with more perseverance. In the same way, it also works as a great litmus test to our heart’s true condition.

We are covered in grace, and when we act outside of God’s ways, there is forgiveness and no condemnation. Do not beat yourself up over slipping up. How you respond to the slip-up is the important thing! Someone once said that the height of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again, and expect a different result.

Is there a different result in you or is the same behavior and actions flowing from you? Let us consider our actions, words, and prayerfully ask the God that is ready to give us what we ask for.

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, 

Thank you, Father, that You have always given us grace. I surrender my pride before You today and ask that You fill me with Your Spirit so that I can squeeze out Your love and compassion!

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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Daily Devotional – Trials Reveal Your Heart