9/24/15 The Blindness Of Pride

“I feel sorry for you Pharisees and scribes, because you do want to please God, but you are convinced that He wants outward signs of piety.  You are meticulous in your giving, always making sure you give a tenth of everything you have, as the law commands.  You even count out individual grains of spice to make sure you are exactly accurate.  Yes, following God’s law is good and right.  But you have missed the greatest commandment of the law, to love God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind, and love your neighbor in the same way that you love yourself.  If you are striving to keep God’s law in its entirety, you must start there.  Your pride blinds you to the most important parts of the law, and you leave them undone.  You take pride in always having the place of honor everywhere you go, and being seen as pillars of the community.  But you are hypocrites, pretending to be what you are not, and this will lead to your destruction.  You are like unmarked graves that people walk over without realizing what they are doing.  You do not understand what you are doing to yourselves in living the way that you do.”

Luke 11:42-44

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