Overcoming Hypocrisy

Romans 2:21-23 “Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? Thou that preaches a man should not steal, doest thou steal?  Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit sacrilege?  Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through tbreaking the law dishonourest thou God

Hypocrisy is everywhere.  When asked why folks don’t go to Church they respond “there are just too many hypocrites there”.  The truth being told, there are hypocrites everywhere.  Webster defines hypocrisy as “simulation; deceitful appearance; false pretence”.  In other words we are pretending to be something we are not.  Christians must do everything they can in order to avoid such a stereotype.  These verses will teach us practical principles we can begin implementing, in order to avoid being labeled a hypocrite.

  • Knowledge without Obedience:  Information without implementation makes one a fool.  So many times God gives us instructions and we don’t follow God’s instructions.  Not only is that hypocrisy, it is also foolishness.
  • Preaching without Practice:  It is imperative that we practice what we preach.  There is no reason we should talk about something without practicing it in our own life.  We may fail, but people need to see that we are trying to be real.
  • Profession without Possession:  It is difficult to practice something you don’t possess.  You can’t play baseball without a glove, you can’t play football without the football, and you can’t be a Christian without Christ.  You must possess him before you can profess him.

Today’s Challenge:  Are you a hypocrite?  If so start implementing these principles into your life.  Start today by being real!