When we read our Bible, we always encounter the word “Pharisee”. Pharisees, according to Wikipedia, were at various times a political party, a social movement, and a school of thought among Jews during the Second Temple period under the Hasmonean dynasty (140–37 BCE) in the wake of the Maccabean Revolt. But as we read the New Testament, Jesus revealed what was inside of their hearts.
One of the things that Jesus exposed was their hypocrisy:
He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’
– Mark 7:6-7
Somehow, at some point in our life, there’s a Pharisee hidden in our hearts. Why? At some point, we were saying that we love God and honoring Him by our lips, but our heart was far away from Him. How we can see it? Sometimes, it is evident through our actions. By what means? By doing religious activities. Yes, we look good and “holy” when we do some religious activities, but it will really make our hearts right? Unconsciously, it develops self-righteousness in our hearts and when we look to others that were not doing the same we do, we label them as “sinners”. And unconsciously, we’re getting just like the Pharisees because of our actions and what inside our hearts.
Friends, hypocrisy is the main issue here. Watch your heart! Go back to God who will show you the RIGHT WAY. By what means? Through His Son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross for our sins.
Getting right is done ONLY through Jesus and nothing else. Surrender your life to God and He will give you a new life, free from hypocrisy. Free from being a “Pharisee”.
He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”
– Mark 7:20-23