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Am I just honoring God with my lips but not my heart?

Am I just honoring God with my lips but not my heart?

Hypocrite

I must change my mind (aka repent). My nature, along with all of us, is one that is fallen and I constantly miss God’s goal (aka sin).

I try to cover that up by appearing to be a good person. I am not.

I am a hypocrite.

You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far away from Me.’~Jesus  | Matthew 15:7–8

Master Jesus , the anointed King and Messiah, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!

There is good news. Jesus came to redeem me from this spiral of hypocrisy. I have the Spirit of God producing fruit in my life.

Hypocrisy — When deeds do not match words. Hypocrisy is an outward pretense masking an inner reality. Jesus condemns hypocrisy, especially in matters of faith. Followers of Jesus should express their commitment to God in their words and their deeds, as well as in their inner motivation. There should always be alignment of the heart, the mind and our actions.

The Greek word is ὑποκριτής (hupŏkritēs, hoop-ok-ree-tace) meaning  an actor under an assumed character (stage-player), i.e. a dissembler and hypocrite.

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He had many run-ins with the religious elites of the day, the Scribes and Pharisees. These men were well versed in the Scriptures and zealous about following every letter of the Law (Acts 26:5). What would Jesus say today?

Today, the word pharisee has become synonymous with hypocrite. Translate it to the current religious elites. Some current day religious leaders (but not all by any means) are hypocrites. Warning! Beware!

Jesus is clear. Jesus detests hypocrites. Jesus calls us out all the time. My contempt allows me to ignore its reality in my life.

In adhering to the letter of the Law, they actively sought loopholes that allowed them to violate the spirit of the Law.

The religious elites displayed a lack of compassion toward their fellow man and were often overly demonstrative of their so-called spirituality in order to garner praise (Matthew 23:5–7; Luke 18:11).

Jesus denounced their behavior in no uncertain terms, pointing out that “justice, mercy, and faithfulness” are more important than pursuing a perfection based on faulty standards (Matthew 23:23).

Jesus made it clear that the problem was not with the Law but the way in which the Pharisees implemented it (Matthew 23:2-3).

The prophet Isaiah condemned the hypocrisy of his day: “The Master says, ‘These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men’” (Isaiah 29:13).

Centuries later, Jesus quoted this verse, aiming the same condemnation at the religious leaders of His day (Matthew 15:8-9).

John the Baptist refused to give hypocrites a pass, telling them to produce “fruits worthy of changing how we think (aka repentance).” (Luke 3:8).

Jesus took an equally staunch stand against sanctimony.

  • He called hypocrites
    • “wolves in sheep’s clothing” (Matthew 7:15)
    • “whitewashed tombs” (Matthew 23:27)
    • “snakes,” and “brood of vipers” (Matthew 23:33).

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Does lack of self-examination lead to pride and self-delusion?

Hypocrite

There was a problem among the early group of disciples in Corinth. It still continues among believers today.

I need to be careful. I need to examine myself and not look at others as missing God’s goal. I need to avoid being a hypocrite. Jesus detests that. I know it is true.

As a result of the unfairness and gluttony surrounding communion, Paul says they were not really even eating the Messiah’s Supper (1 Corinthians 11:20). The people were not treating communion as a sacred ordinance instituted by Jesus.

How much of what we do “for Jesus” is done to be seen by others?

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Matthew 6:1 – Righteousness

How much of what we do “for Jesus” is done to be seen by others? Probably too much. Jesus is clear that will get us nowhere. It could be a simple thing but pretentiousness tends to be insidious. What about that gift to charity and I check the box to list my name? What about our public offering time in church designed to shame the non-givers?

What is mercy? How does Jesus show it to us?

Jesus has a requirement for me as I stand before Him, confessing I have missed God’s goal, I am a sinner. I don’t condemn you, He says! I forgive you, He says. I have mercy on you, He says.

Go and sin no more, He says!

I am loved. I can do that for my King Jesus.

Jesus famously said :

“Do not judge so that you will not be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7)

What is hypocrisy? Why does Jesus hate it so much?

Jesus is clear. Jesus detests hypocrites. Jesus calls it out all the time. Our contempt allows us to ignore its reality in our lives. We must change our minds (aka repent). My nature, along with all of us, is one that is fallen and I constantly miss God’s goal (aka sin). I try to cover that up by appearing to be a good person. I am not.

Master Jesus , the anointed King and Messiah, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!

There is good news. Jesus came to redeem us from this spiral of hypocrisy. We have the Spirit of God producing fruit in our lives.

To judge or not to judge …

Jesus can be very straightforward and direct.

His suggestion on criticizing and judging others is to not do it if we have the same problem ourselves. Period. End of story. No other advice. In other places He elaborates why but the reason here is pretty compelling.

The issue, however, is not about judging but about hypocrisy. How can we judge if we have the same challenge in our lives? Jesus is clear, we can’t.

We need to focus on our own issues and heart, not others.

Is hypocrisy expressed through insincere motives?

Image result for hypocriteHypocrisy is an outward pretense masking an inner reality. Jesus condemns hypocrisy, especially in matters of faith. As a follower of Jesus, I should express my commitment to God in my words and my deeds, as well as in my inner motivation. There should always be alignment of my heart, my mind and my actions.

Jesus is clear and Jesus detests hypocrites. Jesus calls it out all the time. My contempt allows me to ignore its reality in my life. I must change my mind (aka repent).

Do I really mean it?

Passion for God

Passion for God

Jesus challenges us to stop acting. And, He is serious. He means it. Jesus can’t stand hypocrisy.

How many times do we just go through the motions? What about our prayers at meals? What about how we sing (or don’t sing) the songs at church? What about our “gifts” at the offering time?

“They act like they are worshiping me, but they don’t mean it.” ~Jesus

Mark 7:6 The Message

Are we just acting? Do we really mean it?

The Bible has a lot to say about my motives. A motive is the underlying reason for any action. Proverbs 16:2 says, “All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the MASTER.”

Because the human heart is very deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9), I can easily fool myself about my own motives. I can pretend that I am choosing certain actions for God or the benefit of others, when in reality I have selfish reasons. God is not fooled by my selfishness and is “a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).

So what is the right motivation? First Thessalonians 2:4 says, “Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts” (NLT). God is interested in my motives even more than my actions. First Corinthians 4:5 says that, when Jesus comes again, “he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.”

God’s glory is to be the highest motive of his people: God wants me to know that He sees what no one else sees. He knows why I do what I do and desires to reward those whose hearts are right toward Him. I can keep my motives pure by continually surrendering every part of my heart to the control of the Holy Spirit and seeking His glory.

God has a goal for us. He wants us to enthusiastically and passionately love Him. God want us to show that we mean it.

May we worship God like we mean it. May we be head over heels in love with Jesus and let our worship show it.



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Where does hypocrisy come from?

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Jesus is clear. Jesus hates hypocrites. Jesus calls it out all the time. My contempt allows me to ignore its reality in my life. I must change my mind (aka repent). This is imperative!

Hypocrisy is an outward pretense masking an inner reality. Jesus condemns hypocrisy, especially in matters of faith. Followers of Jesus are to express our commitment to God in our words and our deeds, as well as in our inner motivation. There should always be alignment of the heart, the mind and my actions.

What is hypocrisy? Why it is evil and hated by Jesus?

Image result for hypocrite

Hypocrisy is an outward pretense masking an inner reality. Jesus condemns hypocrisy, especially in matters of faith. Followers of Jesus should express their commitment to God in their words and their deeds, as well as in their inner motivation. There should always be alignment of the heart, the mind and our actions.

Jesus is clear and hates hypocrites. Jesus calls it out all the time. Our contempt allows us to ignore its reality in our lives. I must change my mind (aka repent).

The Greek word is ὑποκριτής (hupŏkritēs, hoop-ok-ree-tace) meaning  an actor under an assumed character (stage-player), i.e. a dissembler (“hypocrite”):— hypocrite.

The origin of hypocrisy  – Our nature is one that is fallen and we constantly miss God’s goal (aka sin). We try to cover that up by appearing to be a good person. I am not. You are not. 

What is the alternative to hypocrisy?

There is a really big deal here. Deceit is defined as “the action or practice of deceiving someone by concealing or misrepresenting the truth.”

In essence, “hypocrisy” refers to the act of claiming to believe something but acting in a different manner. The word is derived from the Greek term for “actor” — literally, “one who wears a mask”—in other words, someone who pretends to be what he is not.

The Bible calls hypocrisy a sin. There are two forms hypocrisy can take: that of professing belief in something and then acting in a manner contrary to that belief, and that of looking down on others when we ourselves are flawed.

Truth is the alternative to hypocrisy. Jesus is the truth. When I am face to face with Jesus, I see my own issues in missing God’s goal for my life. If I pretend that isn’t true, I am a hypocrite. I need to get right with Jesus. I need to know the truth. The truth sets me free. Now that is some stunning news.

Jesus is clear. Jesus detests hypocrites. Jesus calls it out all the time. My contempt allows me to ignore its reality in my life. I must change my mind (aka repent). My nature, along with all of us, is one that is fallen, and I constantly miss God’s goal (aka sin). I try to cover that up by appearing to be a good person. I am not.

Master Jesus, the anointed King and Messiah, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!

There is good news. Jesus came to redeem me from this spiral of hypocrisy. I have the Spirit of God producing fruit in my life.

During Jesus’ earthly ministry, He had many run-ins with the religious elites of the day, the Scribes and Pharisees. These men were well versed in the Scriptures and zealous about following every letter of the Law (Acts 26:5). What would Jesus say today?

  • Hebrews 10:22 — 22 let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.
  • Psalm 24:3–4 — 3 Who may ascend into the hill of the Master? And who may stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully.
  • Psalm 26:4 — 4 I do not sit with deceitful men, Nor will I go with pretenders.
  • Psalm 32:2 — 2 How blessed is the man to whom the Master does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit!
  • James 3:17 — 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.
  • James 4:8 — 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
  • 1 Peter 2:1–3 — 1 Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, 2 like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, 3 if you have tasted the kindness of the Master.