This people honoureth me with their lips

Jesus always spoke against the bad practices of the Pharisees and scribes, as they were leaders who appeared outwardly clean but were inwardly like whitewashed tombs. God does not want us to be like them; He wants us to live in true holiness, not in hypocrisy disguised as holiness, deceiving others into thinking we are godly.

Jesus said to the scribes and Pharisees:

7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

Matthew 15:7-8

At that time, there was a troubling situation with these leaders in Israel. Jesus identified them clearly and did not let their behavior go unchecked. Whenever He had the opportunity, He confronted them directly about their wrongdoings.

Today, we face a similar situation. There are people who emphasize outward appearances as the most important aspect of Christian life, neglecting biblical principles to the point where they are forgotten, and new doctrines are created that confuse people.

Moreover, we sometimes believe that honoring God is merely shouting “Hallelujah” loudly. However, honoring God goes beyond words; it is about living a life that honors Him every day.

So, dear brothers and sisters, let us live lives that honor God every moment, and let us strive toward the goal of the sovereign calling in our beloved Lord Jesus Christ.


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