Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.
—Matthew 23:1-4, 23-26
by: Jasmine Lynch.
We often hear that “actions speak louder than words.” Are you intentional in living out the gospel message? It is a sad commentary on the Pastors, teachers, and leaders of our day when we have to say to an individual, “You should do what the Word says not what the messenger of the Word does.” That is what Jesus was saying to the multitude and His disciples about the teachers of His time. Individuals often excuse themselves for not going to church by saying there are too many hypocrites in the church. Our intention should be to live a life pleasing and acceptable to God and never to allow our behavior to be a stumbling block to others.