We must look in our hearts and ask God to clean them up, circumcise them. Cut away all that is wicked. Be not deceived! How can our own hearts deceive us?
He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”
This is Jesus speaking in more depth of evil that comes from the heart. After they encountered the Pharisees while eating with unclean hands, Jesus corrected the damaging tradition and rightly defended His disciples from their deceit. Evil in our hearts come in many different thoughts, and many times those thoughts are driven by very powerful emotions, or find fuel in some unresolved past experience. We must take courage and flee from the evil that rises up in our hearts. Sometimes running to Jesus is like running away from ourselves, because we must die to ourselves to truly live for Him.
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’
A man’s heart deviseth his way: But the Lord directeth his steps.
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. (Circumcise means to cut away something such as here, wickedness.) (Why is this important? The verse Deuteronomy 30:6 clearly says we can love the Lord thy God with all our heart and soul so that we may live. Our hearts must have the evil things that so easily deceive even us, our very own hearts deceive us. When the Lord cuts out these things we can love Him as He requires and as we should also desire.)
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.
When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.
(Here the end of this verse says then they BELIEVED the SCRIPTURE. So, we can see we should follow all these scriptures and NOT think or trust or believe our wicked hearts. Scripture says our hearts ARE wicked and deceive us. Ask the Lord to show us and to clean up our hearts, to circumcise tge wickedness that keeps us from loving Him as we must. Please God help us from falling away from You because of our own evil fleshly hearts. In the name of Jesus Christ we ask. Amen)