“But whatever comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this is what makes a man unclean and defiles [him]. For out of the heart come evil thoughts such as murder, adultery, sexual vice, theft, false witnessing, slander, and irreverent speech. These are what make a man unclean and defile [him]; but eating with unwashed hands does not make him unclean or defile [him].” Matthew 15:18-20 ->me: I don’t feel like there is anything else to say in regards to this passage. Pretty plain -> Our speech is a direct reflection of where our heart is. What we say in an empty car when someone cuts us off. What we think to ourselves when we see something in someone that repulses us. I will have to admit that the biggest issue I have to tamper my mind and thoughts with, is people posing or trying to be something they are not. I lose all respect and am sometimes disgusted by their behavior…but I think this is exactly what Jesus is talking about. The behavior I am exhibiting in response to what I see is the sin. It is the ugliness of pride and the flesh that come boiling out. When you read what I have just said, it may not sound like murder, adultery, sexual vice, theft, false witnessing….but it is slander. Not only that, I feel conflicted by the Holy Spirit about it today and therefore it fits the bill.