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Paul J. Bucknell
Purpose: We cannot find complete restoration without a thorough examination of our hearts. This is the reason repentance must precede faith. This article examines Mark 7:21-23 to help us move along further in this discipleship process. This is part 2 of 3.
"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man."
Look carefully at Mark 7:21-23 on the right and list all the things that Jesus says comes from one's heart. Circle the ones that you have participated in.
Afterwards, go through the list again and cross out those that you have largely overcome (not battled with in the last several months).
The thinking and planning of bringing harm upon others.
Sexually lustful thoughts and activities towards others outside marriage including pornography, girl-watching, homosexuality, etc.
The taking of things that do not rightfully belong to a person.
The hating or killing people including abortion and suicide.
Breaking the marriage covenant by sexual lusts for or by a married person.
Desiring more than one has including discontentment, 'ambition.'
Any words, actions, gestures that bring pain to others because of hatred and bitterness.
Using crafty words and gestures to cause one to think different than is true and correct.
The enticing of ones senses through looking, feeling, hearing or eating including immodest dress, viewing violence or immoral behavior, gluttony or loud music.
Desiring the position, place or wealth of another.
Bringing untrue words and understandings against others with the purpose of causing others to think wrongly of them.
Presuming one deserves better than others because he is better.
Making unwise decisions without thinking through the consequences in light of God's Word such as in calling names, unwise use of money, fast driving, etc.