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Do You Know A Hypocrite?

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

Knowing that, why do I pretend?

The Greek word is ὑποκριÏ”žÃŽ®Ã”š (hupÃ…kritÄ“s, hoop-ok-ree-tace) meaning an under an assumed character (stage-player). Many times, I am acting. I know it. Jesus knows it. I am guessing others know it as well.

My nature, along with all of us, is one that is fallen and I constantly miss God’s goal (aka ). I try to cover that up by appearing to be a good person. I am not. You are not. We are not.  

“For from within,  out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness,  as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, and foolishness.”  Mark 7:21–22 (NASB)

Jeremiah 17:9 (NASB) —  The heart is more deceitful than all else  and is desperately sick. Who can understand it?

Hosea 10:2 (NASB) —  Their heart is faithless.  Now they must bear their guilt. will break down their altars and destroy their sacred pillars.

There is good news!

Jesus has redeemed me and freed me from my deceitful heart. I am a creation, pure and holy.

Hebrews 10:22 (NASB) — Let us draw near with a  sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

James 3:17 (NASB) —  But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering,  without hypocrisy.

Κύριε Ἰησοῦ ÃŽ§ÃÃŽ¹ÃÆ’Ï”žÃŽ­, ÃŽ¥Ã¡¼±ÃŽ­ Ï”žÃŽ¿Ã¡¿¦ Θεοῦ, ἐλέησόν ÃŽ¼ÃŽµ Ï”žÃ¡½¸ÃŽ½ ἁμαρÏ”žÃ”°ÃŽ»ÃÅ’ÃŽ½

Translated: “Lord , of God, have mercy on me, a sinner”

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