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Tell It To Your Heart

In Exodus, the Lord gives Israel the Ten Commandments.

These verses from Proverbs urge us to hold God’s commands close to our hearts and obey them so we can avoid sin.

Fast forward to Matthew. The Pharisees were teachers of the law. They knew God’s commands better than anyone, and they followed them—outwardly—to the letter. But instead of holding God’s commands close to their hearts, they only held them in their brains. They performed a show for the public with no emotion but lots of ego.

Though they thought following rules brought them closer to God, the Pharisees’ behavior only took them down the path of sin. Jesus calls them hypocrites, blind, vipers. They got so caught up in their performance, they forgot about showing mercy and love.

God wants us to obey Him because He loves us. Like a parent, He wants to protect and prosper us. From creating this beautiful world to sending Jesus to it, God acts out of love for us.

If we know God only in our heads, it is easy to become self-righteous like the Pharisees. But when our hearts are involved, we can let God’s righteousness work through us and remember that it’s all about love.

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