A character in a Jodi Picoult novel said: "You can fool yourself, you know. You'd think it's impossible, but it turns out it's the easiest thing of all."
Easy, yes, but harmless? No. We are accountable to a God who sees us as we really are. How merciful of Him to purge us of self-deception and show us the condition of our heart.
That's what the Spirit of God will do as we study Mark 7:10-23. It's a great way to begin a new year: With an accurate assessment of our need for God's grace.