Matthew 23:4 (NLT)
They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.
Not too long ago a man of God I revere taught me the essence of always creating a balance with the word of God. God’s word is many things and to limit it to just one tentacle would be an error. Here is Jesus in Matt 23 exposing the Pharisees for using God’s word as a tool to control. The word is life and only meaningful to the dying soul, light to those who are lost in darkness. Hope to the hopeless and judgement to those who deliberately live in sin (James 4:17). Don’t be like the Pharisees, be a courier of hope, a dispenser of light, voice for the helpless, a lover of goodness, a mortal comforter. Let Jesus shine in and through you. Receive grace.
Help me O Lord, to be the bearer of your word to those who need to hear your good news. Let compassion flow from my spirit. Let my hands not only praise you but help lift someone up. In Jesus Name.