Religion sees through eyes clouded by pride. Relationship sees with Father’s eyes.
Jesus was not very far into His public ministry when He confronted the religious leaders. They were a prideful group who like to be noticed with their flowing robes in the marketplace. (Mark 12:38-40). Pride is an ever-changing face. It speaks with knowledge and not with the heart. Pride avoids seeing its path and what it leaves behind after it uses its weapons to defend self and destroy the righteous and humble.
The harshest words spoken by Jesus against the religious of His day pronounced seven woes on them (Matthew 23:13-36). Over and over again He called them hypocrites, blind guides, snakes, and brood of vipers. If their biggest downfall was pride, what warning does this speak to us? Does our pride get in the way of our relationship not only with God, but with others whom God loves?
It is a sad commentary when many fall under the deceitfulness of the spirit of pride. It continues to be a snare of the enemy. He has no problem when people get religious because he knows that religion and relationship don’t mix well in God’s eyes. Jesus saw through the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and warned His disciples to be on guard against it (Luke 12:1). One who is guilty of hypocrisy is acting as if you are what you are not. Living a lie makes one an ally with satan who is the father of lies and the breeder of the sin of pride (John 8:44).
We were made for God. That is why our relationship with Him is so important. He rejoices over us with singing (Zeph. 3:17). Do you realize that when we worship Him with song and dance, He joins us?
Relationship means the state of being connected by blood or marriage. So, we are in relationship with Him by the blood of Jesus and by marriage because the church is His bride. He is coming for a spotless bride. Reflect on your relationship with Him.
~~~~From my to yours~~~~Andrea