Mark 7: 5 and 8

So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disiples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with ‘unclean’ hands?”

“You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.”

These spiritual leaders of the Jewish community were not concerned with the state of a man’s heart, or their relationship to the Lord.  They wanted adherence to the traditions of the elders.

It is so easy even today to fall into this judgmental attitude.  This person’s hair is too long; they wear jeans to church; they listen to the wrong kind of music, etc. God’s perspective is different.  “Do they love me with their whole soul mind and stength? Do they love their neighbor as they love themselves? ”

God looks at the heart set in Christ, which is motivated by the love and wisdom of the Holy Spirit.  So then, should we.

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