These Ye Ought To Have Done

(Matthew 23:23-24; Luke 11:42)

Jesus addressed the self-righteous Pharisees on multiple occasions. Christ did not minimize their carefulness nor their strict adherence on issues of the law; but He reproved them for omitting the weightier matters—judgment, mercy, faith, and the love of God.

“These things ye ought to have done and not left the other undone.”
As the self-righteous of today, the Pharisees were very strict on some observances and yet often exhibited a carnal, unloving spirit.

Some people find their justification in their faith to the exclusion of medical aid. Some find it in their modest dress. Others find it in their giving. Some of these same people greatly lack in the love and humility of Christ.

Keep being obedient and careful in outward issues but do not leave the more important matters of the spirit undone.