In a follow up to yesterday’s post, we have Jesus confirm that it is our hearts that are the problem:
And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person” (Mark 7:20-23).
Sure, we are able to prevent some of that from reaching the outside and being acted upon, but it still lurks inside of us. Jesus words are a reminder that we sin because we are sinners. It is our broken, fallen humanity (including our hearts) that is the problem. We cannot change our nature, but thankfully God can.