God gave the children of Israel His 10 commandments. There was no wiggle room. Yet, the Pharisee’s added to them through their own interpretations. Jesus pronounced woes on them in Matthew 23. Verse 3 says that Jesus spoke to the multitudes, “…whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do.”
Verse 28 was another scathing rebuke which says, “Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” That is a perfect picture of a rebellious heart.
What do you say you do, but in fact your life does not match your words? I am always challenged by 1 John 2:6. It says, “He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”
How did Jesus walk? He was compassionate. Many of His miracles were rooted in compassion. One who harbors unforgiveness in their heart may appear righteous on the outside, however their heart is hard and they are not compassionate.
Jesus died to give us forgiveness of sins. I love Psalm 103:12. I straddled the Equator lines of north and south in Ecuador—they meet. David’s use of words always takes me back to that experience. It says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” The east and west never meet!
To rebel against His command to forgive AS we have been forgiven, leads to spiritual barrenness and lack.