John Chrysostom comments on these Pharisees, saying that “they never were afraid of the judgment of God but only the judgment of people” (Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, first series, vol. 10, p. 477). We can be led into sin and deceit when we fear men more than we fear God. Ask yourself today whose judgment you fear. Endeavor to care not primarily what men think but to be first and foremost concerned with fearing the Lord.
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