Last week's sermons were so revelatory. I am pretty sure not many of us considered ourselves hypocrites. We love God. We seek Him and go to church to know Him more and to fellowship with His people.
But the thing about hypocrisy is we often have blind spots that we do not see. Behaviors in our life that don't glorify God. If some of us are still holding out insisting that we are not hypocrites, perhaps some of the behaviors listed below might hit home. Any of these below relate to you?
· Shunning others, even brothers or sisters in the church. Carrying an offense when God has already forgiven you your many offenses. Jesus commanded us to forgive in Matthew 6:14-15, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”
· Thinking judgmental thoughts of others and gossip or slander them. This is breaking the 9th commandment found in Exodus 20:16, "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor."
· Being jealous of what others have or what they achieve. This is breaking the 10th commandment found in Exodus 20:17, "thou shalt not covet."
· Being angry with someone and maybe even calling them a name. Lots of Scriptures about anger, but Jesus said this was equivalent to murder in Matthew 5:21-24, "You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First, be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift."
· How about all of the commandments? To save time, I will list them here. And yes, the commandments have been fulfilled by Christ, but not abolished (Matthew 5:17). God is still holy. And the children He died to save need to be obedient.
The 10 Commandments List, Short Form*
So, now that we all agree we have hypocritical behavior in our lives, how do we overcome sin?
· Recognize. Call sin a "sin" in our lives based on the word of God, not on the culture around us. God's standard does not shift with fads or culture. Sin desires to master us and we are all under deception when we choose sin. But we can overcome it. (Genesis 4:7).
· Restore. Believe in Jesus Christ for your salvation (Mark 16:16).
· Relationship. Walk in relationship with God by being in His word and also seek out accountability in other believers to help you stop sinning. Reading God's word daily is not a nice spiritual thing to do – it is our very life! God's word renews our minds.
Here's to rising above our sinful flesh and walking in the Spirit. Our God is well able to save us completely and to bring us from glory to glory so we are more like Him!
By the way, I am doing a live daily Facebook live Bible Reading Plan and would love to have you join me. Let's chase after Him and share His incredible truth with all He sends us to!