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FROM within, out of the heart of man, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.—Mark 7:21, 22.

Then what a momentous fountain the heart must be! All these vile things flow out of it. It is the birthplace of all depravity. Therefore it must be the birthplace of all moral redemption. It is little or no use purifying the stream if the springs are befouled. Any ministry which ignores the heart is neglecting the fountain.

Holy Father, create within me a clean heart. Let me not be satisfied with clean hands. Let the springs of desire and will be purified by Your grace. Let Your water be within me, a well of water springing up into everlasting life. For Christ’s sake. Amen.

Book: Come Ye Apart by John Henry Jowett