In the parable of the Good Samaritan the first two possible helpers were hard-hearted travelers who took no notice of the man’s plight (Lk 10:30-37). Although they saw the need they were unmoved and failed to act. Pray your eyes will be open to see the situations and people with whom God wants you to walk with through life, and then the ability to respond as directed.

“If anyone knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin” (Jas 4:7). This is rebelling against clear direction, intentionally disregarding the prompting. Ignoring is a willful disregard for authority or those giving us advice.  By refusing to obey instructions, the offender must suffer the consequences of their non-compliance.  When God gives advice and guidance, it is futile to ignore it. 

When the truth is known it is sin not to act

We are living the outcome of Adam and Eve ignoring Gods command, “not to eat of the tree of good and evil” (Gen 2:17).  If the unsaved choose to ignore or stubbornly refuse the offer of salvation and do not repent they will perish in their sin (Lk 13:3,5; Heb 2:3). The cost of rebellion is high!

Both the wise and foolish builders heard the same information and instruction from Jesus.  However, there was a marked contrast in the outcome of their efforts as a result of one obeying and the other ignoring the words of Jesus and so failing to act appropriately (Mt 7:24-27). Is my response to ignore or obey what the Bible teaches?

See also: hard-hearted, indifference, insensitive, neglect, overlook, procrastination, rebellion.