Hypocrisy in Relationships by Jennifer Waddle

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Hypocrisy in Relationships
Relationship Wisdom That May Move Mountains series
Jennifer Waddle
James 3:17 

When scandalous things happen in the world, people read about it, react to it, and then go about their day, waiting for the next big news. When scandal happens in the church however, Christianity gets labeled as a religion full of hypocrites.

What is hypocrisy anyway?

In this series "Relationship Wisdom that My Move Mountains" we will be looking at the final attribute mentioned in James 3:17.

‘‘But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.’’ 

If we are to live without hypocrisy, does this mean we can never mess up, for risk of pushing others away from God? Surely, we can’t live perfectly. Eventually, won’t we make a mistake that might be a poor example to others?

In the Greek, hypocrisy is defined as: ‘‘acting’’ or ‘‘pretending.’’ It can also refer to ‘‘living behind a mask.’’

This tells us that it’s not all about living perfectly, but living authentically.

Sisters, when we truly love the Lord and seek to obey His Word, but makes mistakes along the way that is simply life.’ But if we claim to love the Lord and obey His Word, yet knowingly live what is contrary, that is a sign of hypocrisy.

Jesus had a lot to say about this very serious issue.

‘‘But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation. ‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. (Matt. 23:13-15 NKJV)

‘‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! ‘‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee; first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish that the outside of them may be clean also. ‘‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you al ...

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