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The Real Source of Purity and Impurity"

We all have a tendency of engaging in blame game even for things going on in our life, especially those things over which we think we do not have control. While it is true that we all are being impacted by our environment and circumstances in our world, as we grow up maturing, God gives us an understanding to know that we are largely responsible and accountable and we can be in control of a whole lot of things in our life, especially if we are people of faith. Jesus opened our eyes to the reality of this truth in Matthew 15 when He was encountered by the overly religious people of His days, the Pharisees and teachers of the law. They accused Him of what His disciples were doing going against their set tradition and rules: "Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don't wash their hands before they eat!" Jesus responded to them by countering with a higher, more important question, "And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition by dishonoring your father and mother not doing for them what God commands, thus nullifying the word of God for the sake of your tradition" (paraphrased)? (vv 1-6).

Thereafter, Jesus reminded and thought them the vital lesson of the real source of what defiles and edifies, the inside of us, the heart where we make our decisions: "Listen and understand. What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean', but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him 'unclean'." (Matthew 15:11). How pure and/or impure/rotten is your heart? What your life reflects and says has its real source/root in your heart, in spite of the circumstances around you. Period!                                                                          - Dr. Johnson Omoni

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