What are the consequences of hypocrisy in my life? - Hypocrisy - TouchPoints

What are the consequences of hypocrisy in my life?

1 Samuel 24:16-22Saul called back, “Is that really you, my son David?” Then he began to cry. And he said to David, “You are a better man than I am, for you have repaid me good for evil. Yes, you have been wonderfully kind to me today, for when the Lord put me in a place where you could have killed me, you didn’t do it. Who else would let his enemy get away when he had him in his power? May the Lord reward you well for the kindness you have shown me today . . . But David and his men went back to their stronghold.

Hypocrisy costs you credibility and the trust of others. Saul’s apparent contrition did not convince David. Instead, David returned to a safe place far from Saul. Wisdom realizes that what might be gained in hypocrisy will be lost in credibility and trust.

Acts 19:15-16But when they tried it on a man possessed by an evil spirit, the spirit replied, “I know Jesus, and I know Paul. But who are you?” And he leaped on them and attacked them with such violence that they fled from the house, naked and badly injured.

Hypocrites will try the latest fad to make themselves look good. The seven sons of Sceva, Jewish exorcists, tried to cast out demons in Jesus’ name without having genuine faith in Jesus— and paid for it dearly. Pretending to know God, without genuine commitment, is dangerous.