Not long ago, a friend told me he admires my diplomacy in speech. Apparently, he had noticed how I handled a number of situations over a period of time and was impressed. His compliment was not surprising, however, his observation was unanticipated. You never know who is watching. Although not mentioned often, there is an important connection between our words and their connection to our hearts.
“Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what make a man ‘unclean’; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him ‘unclean.'” —Matthew 15:16-20
It is easy to appear clean in a world that seems fascinated by materialism and superficial things. Bathe the body, put on clean clothes, wear a neat hairstyle, drive a nice car, and don’t forget to smile. This simple formula will win you a few friends. If you are charismatic and approachable, you will win a few more. People will want to be in your presence.
Both near and from afar, people will watch you and they will search, for flaws. They may or may not tell you what they see, but many will see you for who you really are inside out. Discerning Christians will know if your inside matches your outward presentation. Do not be so mesmerized by a person’s outward appearance that you neglect to listen to their words, that you fail to hear their heart, that you neglect knowing them inside out. Not everyone is entertained by unclean hearts.