“It is what comes out of a person that defiles. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
Most of us can genuinely say that our our intentions are not evil. We try to live our lives in harmony with God and our fellow human beings. There are times however that we may defile ourselves with thoughts had or things said or done in passion. It’s when we refuse to admit that we have offended that we put ourselves in danger of becoming jaded or bitter. If we fail to be contrite and attempt instead to justify our bad behavior, we distance ourselves from God’s great love and mercy.