“In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”
Matthew 23:28 NIV
Last year I reflected upon my hypocrisy over the years. Many of us don’t see ourselves as hypocrites, we think that we’re right and just, and that those who would say otherwise are just being “haters” or just aren’t on out level. But if you’re honest with yourself you will see and acknowledge the truth, that you sometimes do the opposite of what you say, or don’t follow through with something that you start. You may also hold people to standards that you don’t even meet. You don’t always walk the walk. You’re a hypocrite.
Being a hypocrite doesn’t make you evil, it does however make you untrustworthy. How can someone trust your word when you are inconsistent with follow through, for instance? How can someone trust you when you constantly change the rules to fit your needs? What applies to others should also apply to you.
If you want honesty, fairness, timeliness, respect, dignity, kindness, generosity, gentleness, compassion, patience, the benefit of the doubt, and love—then you must give it in return. Matter of fact, give it first, not just in response to receiving it. Give what you want to receive, even if you still don’t receive it.
Here’s a great quote from Nicky Gumbel:
“Integrity’ is the opposite of ‘hypocrisy’. It means a ‘wholeness’ that comes from qualities such as honesty and consistency of character. It means acting according to the values, beliefs and principles we claim to hold.”
– Nicky Gumbel
Let these words guide our thoughts, speech, and actions today. Praying for our best, today and always!
Father, I’m a hypocrite. You know this. I’m just now admitting it. I feel bad for the ways that I haven’t been truthful to myself and others. I’m disappointed in myself for not walking the walk, especially in the areas of my life where I’ve been holding others accountable for their words and actions. I’m ashamed that my daily walk has not been a positive reflection of You. My inconsistencies do not align with or reflect Your constant and consistent nature.
Father help me to realign to Your standards. Help me to be who and what You need me to be. Remind me as my thoughts begin to formulate. Pause me before I speak and act. Help me to see me as You do, so I can see where I’m aligned or not. I want to change for the better. Please help me Father. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.
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