by: FCC Staff
“Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips, and harbors deceit in his heart; when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart; though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.”
How many times have you been misled by the actions and words of others? We would like to be able to believe everything we hear, but unfortunately in this world what somebody says and what they really feel can be two different things. Having bad feelings for someone while at the same time being nice to them is being a hypocrite! Another name for a hypocrite could be “fake,” “pretender,” “phony,” “charlatan,” or a “deceiver.” Biblically speaking they are called “whitewashed tombs,” “snakes,” “brood of vipers,” “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” It seems to come easy for us to harbor a bad feeling about somebody while trying to be nice to them. I may know something about this person that I can’t seem to get out of my mind, and when I’m around them I give into the temptation to hide those feelings. If we are holding something within us against somebody, we need to be frank and honest with them, sharing with them what may be bothering you about what they did or said, and ask for forgiveness! Paul says in Romans 12:9, “let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.” The scripture calls hypocrisy a sin. It is no less than that! God wants us to overcome that weakness within us, He wants us to “grow up” in Him. Do I want to please Him in overcoming this weakness that I may have? If so, it’s a good sign I’m growing in my faith! Be aware of it, concentrate on it, overcome it! You can do it with God’s help.
God, let me always be able to recognize truth in what I hear, and when it isn’t truth, help me to be able to approach the one from which it came with gentleness and a kind spirit in letting the truth be known. Help me to never speak anything but truth when I’m around others. Amen