Hypocrite- pretense of piety, insincerity, pretender, false appearance of virtue
A hypocrite is a person who puts on religious behavior in order to gain attention, approval, acceptance, or admiration from others. They are people who do good acts for appearance only not out of compassion or other good motives. Actions may be good but their motives are hollow.
Matthew 23:27-28 – “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside you are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
Mary Kay and other beauty products are great for applying beauty on the outside but that kind of attractiveness is only skin deep. Living our Christianity merely as a show for others is like applying Mary Kay on the outside, skin deep but ill-nature goes down to the bones, what is on the inside. However, when we apply God’s Word to our hearts and begin to respond to others by using God’s principles and the Fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22-26, we will have beauty on the inside and then our beauty on the outside will not be only skin deep.
Someone very dear to me called me a hypocrite. That comment and the actions that has followed has caused a wound so deep and wide that words cannot describe the pain, grief, sorrow, brokenness that fills my inner being.
Psalm 139: 23-24 – Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
David asked God to search for sin and point it out, even to the level of testing his thoughts. This is exploratory surgery for sin. How are we to recognize sin unless God points it out? Then, when God shows us, we can repent and be forgiven. Make this verse your prayer by seeking the Lord’s Heartbeat to search your heart and your thoughts and to reveal your sin, you will be continuing on God’s “way everlasting.”
After this individual called me many deep cutting names and then proceeded to tell me our relationship could not be restored, I did what God’s Word calls for us to do. I did exploratory surgery on my own heart and actions.
Were there any impure thoughts or motives in my heart? Were my deeds all about me and getting admiration from others? Is my relationship with Christ only skin deep and do I have strong ill-nature in me that goes down to the bones? Was I doing my “acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them”, Matthew 6:1?
I accepted Christ as my personal Savior when I was nine years old. However, I did not start growing in my relationship with God until my late twenties. As I have grown and continue to grow, I have a deep desire for myself and others to know and love God with all heart, mind and soul.
The compassion I have for myself and others is that there is such a deep driving hunger and thirst for Christ that no matter who or how comments are made our first reaction should be exploratory surgery.
Am I a Judas or a Peter?