Thursday, October 11, 2012

Bite-Sized Bible Studies: True Hearts

“For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:20).” 

What does Jesus mean? The righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees was limited to an outward code of conduct, but their hearts were not sincerely devoted to God and their will was opposed to God's will. Our righteousness exceeds their righteousness when our hearts are truly yielded to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We are accounted right with God by our faith in Jesus. 

When our hearts are true to God then our righteousness exceeds that of the self-righteous, who only do works for show and not from a true heart.

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