Proverbs 28 3-28-18

Hypocrites-who likes them? No one, really. Even other hypocrites regard them with contempt.

What is a hypocrite?

1 -a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.

2 -a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.

What does hypocrisy look like in Christianity? Many folks who are on the outside looking in think that Christians are supposed to be like Christ, Who was perfect. What they don’t understand is that being like Christ is the GOAL, not the standard.

Proverbs 28:5 Evildoers [those who don’t know Christ personally] do not understand what is right [God’s goals for His children], but those who seek the LORD [know Him personally] understand it fully.

What it boils down to is this: When we come to church and pretend that everything is fine at home, at work, and in our relationships when things really are not, then we are hypocrites (taken from the Greek plays where a person would alternate between characters by using masks; two-faced🎭).

How should we come to church? We come understanding that even though we are saved and have His Spirit inside, we still struggle with obedience and old habits. If we all just admit that up front, then we all could take courage and find comfort in each other’s struggles–not with contempt, but with affinity and identification.

Here is how we should come to church:

Proverbs 28:13 He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

Are there hypocrites at church? Sure! It’s one of the lessons we all learn as Christians: Be true to God, our Christian family, and to ourselves. When we are transparent, here is how we can come to God,

Hebrews 4:14-16 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. [15] For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. [16] Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Being real is what it’s all about, folks. Let’s decide in our hearts today to be real. Don’t play the “What if” game; we lose every time.

This Sunday is EASTER!

He is risen!

He is risen, indeed!!!

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