So, I was totally convicted today when I read about the Pharisees (and some scribes) ask Jesus why his disciples did not do things the way they did.
Here’s the passage that pierced my soul:
Now when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other things which they have received and hold, like the washing of cups, pitchers, copper vessels, and couches.Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?” Mark 7:2-5
What convicted me in this passage was this- why don’t people do things the way I do them?
I Act Like a Pharisee When….
I think a woman is not dressed modestly enough.
I think a married woman is not respecting her husband enough or training her children well enough.
I think a long-time Christian should have a better understanding of the Word of God.
I think a Believer should be more committed, more faithful, and more obedient to the Lord.
I Act Like a Pharisee Because….
I am a chief sinner like Paul.
Christ needs to be on the Throne of my life, rather than me putting myself on the Throne.
While I know that my Savior is very forgiving towards my sin, it still saddens my spirit to know that I have caused others pain, or perhaps I have even stumbled them in their walk with Christ.
I know that Christ is not finished with me yet and He’ll continue to refine me, but in the meantime I hope this part of my flesh will continue to die!
Do you struggle with this as well, friend? If so, let me lift both of us up in prayer. I know I certainly need His help and strengthen!
Lord Jesus, please change our hearts so it reflects more of your love and grace. Help us to not find fault in others the way the Pharisees did. Continue to cleanse us and change us so we are a sweet smelling aroma for You. In your name I pray, Amen.
Live a poured out life for Christ,
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