Chi Rho Reflection for the Week of July 31, 2011
As one of the on-going ministries of Chi Rho Press,
here is a selection from our book of daily devotions,
"Living as the Beloved: One Day at a Time," by the
Rev. Dr. Sandra Bochonok.
Please read the Scripture passage and Dr. Bochonok's
meditation. We hope you will be blessed.
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From our hearts
Jesus taught, "Do you not see that whatever goes
into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out
into the sewer? But what comes out of the mouth
proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles.
For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder,
adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander.
These are what defile a person, but to eat with
unwashed hands does not defile."
Jesus is concerned with our inner thoughts and desires.
Buddha has said, "The mind is everything; what you
think, you become." And so it is. Our innermost
heart reflects who we really are.
Jesus was referring to the religious customs of his
time. They had ceremonial washings that had been
handed down from their elders ever since Moses.
Jesus allowed his disciples to eat without washing
their hands. Religious authorities were shocked
and dismayed at the perceived religious uncleanness
of the disciples. The concern of the elders was
skin deep. To them, perception was everything.
Jesus brings us to the real heart of the matter.
What is in our heart? This is what counts before
God. What are we thinking? What are we saying about
others? Have we even thought about adultery, sexual
immorality, theft, lying, or slander? Then we need
to confess these thoughts, desires, and actions to
God as they occur. I find in my own life, it is
better to flee temptation than to tempt fate.
Truly the spirit is willing but often the flesh is
Let Jesus clean your hearts, and let Jesus help you
change your behavior. When tempted to do things which
make us unclean, consider reading, memorizing, or
meditating on the words of Jesus in the gospels of
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Be accountable in
your life to another person or small group. Sometimes
we need to find new friends to affirm our choices in
For practical health reasons, it is good to wash hands
before eating. But hand washing does not clean our
hearts before God. Confession of personal sin is one
way to begin to clean our hearts. Confession is good
for our souls. Confession helps us become right with
God. Confession has its own challenges, but sometimes
getting started is the hardest part. We need moments
where we confess personal sin in prayer, so we can make
confessions of great faith in life.
I am sorry, God. Forgive me for those specific thoughts
that are negative, destructive, denigrating, ridiculing,
and displeasing to you. With the help of Jesus, give me
a new heart. Help me live a better life that is pleasing
to you in word, thought, and deed. Amen.
Grace and peace,
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