“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 NKJV
Folks, there must be genuine faith behind your actions. The Pharisees were exacting and scrupulous in their attempts to follow the law. So, how could Jesus reasonably call us to a greater righteousness than the Pharisees? The Pharisees’ weakness was that they were content to obey the laws outwardly without allowing God to change their hearts or you can say their attitudes. Jesus is saying that the quality of our goodness should be greater than that of the Pharisees. They looked pious, but they were far from the kingdom of God. Folks, God judges our heart as well as our deeds, for the heart determines our real allegiance. You need to be just as concerned about your attitudes, which people do not see, as your actions, which are seen by all.
……..”Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”