Perhaps playing make believe sounds a little more innocent than the word hypocrisy. But it is surprising how many people are guilty of this sin. We find the words hypocrisy and hypocrite only a few times in the Bible, but those professing to adhere to and practice beliefs, standards, or principles contrary to his or her true behavior or character was repulsive to Jesus, and Pharisees were a prime example.
In Psalm 26: 4 David wrote, ” I do not sit with deceitful men, nor do I consort with hypocrites.” He was not a perfect man, but he found it repulsive to associate with those who were deceitful and pretended to be righteous. Later during Jesus’ earthly ministry, some who pretended to be holy caused Him much opposition and concern.
While teaching about judging, Jesus asked why some look at the speck in his brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in their own eyes. He then asked how one can say to his brother, “Let me take the speck out of your eye, when all the time you have a plank in your own eye. You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
Then in Matthew 23: 28, Jesus called them hypocrites and bling guides who cleaned the outside of their cups, but the inside was full of greed and selfishness.
Though you and I are believers, if Satan thinks we are becoming too much like Jesus, don’t be surprised if he tempts us to pretend we are a little more righteous than we really are.
Father, cleanse our hearts of any hypocrisy and use them to honor You. Help us realize You look beyond all our pretenses and know what is in each heart. We may hide our true selves from man during our earthly journey, but unless we are clothed in the righteousness of Jesus that covers all our sins, one day our true identity will be revealed. We pray and thank You in Jesus’ Name for His cleansing power. Amen.