How do I avoid being a hypocrite? - Hypocrisy - TouchPoints

How do I avoid being a hypocrite?

Matthew 5:23-24“So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.

We should take care of any wrongs in our lives before worshiping God publicly.

James 3:17The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure . . . It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no partiality and is always sincere.

We need God’s Spirit to give us wisdom and true sincerity.

James 4:8Draw close to God, and God will draw close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, you hypocrites.

Sincerely following God will help us get rid of hypocrisy in our lives.

1 John 1:9But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

1 John 2:3-4And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him.

Confession without a change of behavior is a spiritual charade. It is hypocrisy to confess your sin and then deliberately continue it. It’s easy to glibly ask God for forgiveness with no real repentance. Don’t cheerfully claim God’s promise in 1 John 1:9 without going on to read 1 John 2:3-6. Such confession is ineffective. It is an attempt to escape punishment without really pleasing God.

Galatians 6:1Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.

Matthew 7:2-5For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. [3] "And why worry about a speck in your friend's eye when you have a log in your own? [4] How can you think of saying to your friend, 'Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,' when you can't see past the log in your own eye? [5] Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend's eye.

It is good to help others confront their sin—but if we have not confronted our own sin, we are in no position to help others! Spouting advice we have neglected to follow ourselves is hypocritical.

1 John 2:9If anyone claims, "I am living in the light," but hates a fellow believer, that person is still living in darkness.

1 John 4:20If someone says, "I love God," but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don't love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?

1 John 3:17-19If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion-how can God's love be in that person? [18] Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. [19] Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God.

Matthew 25:44-45"Then they will reply, 'Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?' [45] "And he will answer, 'I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.'

Claiming to love God while hating a brother or sister in Christ is hypocrisy. How can we love Christ while hating someone he died for? How can we sing of his forgiveness while holding a grudge against the singer in the next pew over? How can we claim to offer him everything while refusing help to his children in need?