Mark 7:6-8 Jesus replied, "You hypocrites! Isiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. For their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.' For you ignore God's law and substitute your own traditions.
We have to be so careful that we don't take on man made ideas and twist of God's word as the truth, the way to act. That we don't use what man says is acceptable... what our neighbor says is acceptable. What our friends say is acceptable. We have to look to God's word, we have to pray and listen careful to the Holy Spirit and choose what God says is acceptable. It is so easy to accept what people say... If they can put things in a way that make our actions seem ok the we can go about feeling ok. Feeling ok does not make our actions ok. Others actions don't make our actions ok. How people treat us does not give us the license to mistreat them. We must act on what God tells us, what Jesus taught people while He walked here on this earth. We must turn to God and ask Him what is acceptable...then when that seems too hard to do...we must ask for His grace to make us strong enough to be the people that He ask us to be.
How often do we turn to people when we don't want to hear what God will tell us? We have to be so careful of this... we have to, even when it is hard, especially when it is hard, to do what God would have us do. When we choose God's way our lives grow in amazing ways!