Reflections From The Bible And Life

It’s What’s Inside That Counts

Galatians 5:6; Luke 11:37-41

The Pharisees during the time of Jesus were learned religious people who were astute at observing religious rules and rituals. However, while

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they followed these rules and rituals, they did these with pride for the purpose of self-glorification, (to seek praise from others) and they had impure intentions, and were prone to envy.

While it may be easy to do what is right in front of others, it is very difficult to keep our hearts and intentions holy. Man may see you the way you intend to be known by your actions, but God sees your true intentions and if your actions are truly from the heart or not. We are frail. We can’t rely on ourselves to be pure and holy. We need to pray for the grace to genuinely follow Him.

From Luke 11:37-41, Jesus teaches us that it’s useless if our actions show goodness if the root of them is caused by something that is not pure and good. Likewise if we follow holy traditions without understanding the reason why we do it, we are like robots working mechanically. We have to have substance. Everything must come from the heart. If what come from the heart is good and from God, then you can be sure that your intentions will be pure.

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