Kingdom of God


Matthew 23:13

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You lock the kingdom of heaven before human beings. You do not enter yourselves, nor do you allow entrance to those trying to enter.”

When it comes to what many “religious” people consider morally offensive behavior…Jesus said almost nothing. He always seemed to extend compassion to people who had been cast out or seen as “unclean” – meeting them with unconditional love. This is what transformed and healed them. But this was not the way of the Pharisees. The religious leaders of the time held people to strict rules without compassion. These are the only people Jesus sharply criticized. Compassion opens the doors to the kingdom of heaven (kingdom of God). Notice that in today’s scripture verse Jesus was again talking about the kingdom of heaven in the present tense…as something to enter now. The Pharisees not only blocked others from entering but themselves as well. Rules are meant to be used as guidelines…not as clubs to punish people. Harsh rules without compassion create harsh people. Compassion changes hearts and leads to transformation. Open your heart to God’s unconditional love and forgiveness. It’s totally free and available now.

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About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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