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    A visitor from another state (province) stayed with two different families for two weeks in a row. Both families had teenagers, but he noticed a significant difference in their spirit of obedience. He relates the contrast as follows:

    "In the one home, whenever the father or mother asked one of the children to perform an errand or a task, the children did it promptly and willingly, almost without exception. There was a strong feeling of contentment, peace, and cheerfulness in the home.

    "The following week, however, I visited a second home where the children performed their duties only under threats of punishment, and then with frequent complaining, arguing, and talking back. The atmosphere in that home was very different from the previous one."

    In both homes, the children "obeyed"; they did that which was commanded. But the spirit of their obedience was very different. Which was more honoring to the children and their parents? Which is more honoring to God - forced or willing obedience?


Love must be the motivating and ruling force in all our motives, emotions, thoughts, words, and actions. It must be sincere and involve the total person. Hypocrisy involves a contrast between outward behavior, words, and actions; and inward reality, motives, and thoughts. Hypocritical obedience is abhorred by God who perfectly knows our hearts' intentlons as well as our words and actions. These truths are pictured in the sketch on the following page.

Read the following:

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

- Matthew 22:37-40

What does Jesus mean when He states, "On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets"?

 

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

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

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

- Matthew 23:25-28

 

  • Abhorred - Hated; loathed; detested

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