Don’t be a hypocrite!

Scripture reading for March 19th:  Luke 12

“Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.  There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.  What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.”  (Luke 12:1-3)  Jesus was concerned for His disciples.  The example of the religious leaders of Jesus’ time was one of proclaiming to be righteous but in reality still being bound by sin and uncleanness.  The Pharisees were always judging others, but failed to see their own sin.

Hypocrisy is like putting on a show or play-acting to fit each situation you are in.  Jesus wanted disciples who would be true to Him and God all the time.  He warned them that living a lie would be exposed and would bring ultimate humiliation and condemnation by God.  “I tell you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more.  But I will show you whom you should fear:  Fear Him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell.  Yes, I tell you, fear Him.”  (Luke 12:4-5)  Hypocrites lack a true fear of God and instead fear men and act to please those they are around.

“I tell you, whoever acknowledges Me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God.  But he who disowns Me before men will be disowned before the angels of God.”  (Luke 12:8-9)  Followers of Jesus must stay true to Jesus!  There is great reward for the faithful and loss for the hypocrite!


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