Jesus wasn’t interested in their religious rituals or their religious pronouncements. Above everything else, Jesus was interested in mercy.
I have a very good friend who frequently says to me, “Eli, get over yourself!” I couldn’t count the number of times he has said this.
Receiving and giving is the law of the universe, because they are part of the very nature of God. Love receives and love gives. Love has to love.
When you trust in God, he speaks to you as one would speak to a friend. It might not be face to face, but it is always personal, honest, and caring.
In your spiritual experience, do you consider yourself more as a slave to religion, or as a friend of God? This may determine your happiness in this life.