Just acknowledging it… I am a recovering hypocrite.
By definition a “hypocrite” is… “a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion; a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings; a person who claims or pretends to have certain beliefs about what is right but who behaves in a way that disagrees with those beliefs.” (Merriam-Webster’s dictionary)
Here’s what I read this morning in the Bible…
“Whoever walks in uprightness fears the Lord, but he who is devious in his ways despises Him.” (Proverbs 14:2)
This is what I jotted in the margin of my Bible beside that verse: “Don’t claim that you ‘fear’ (or reverence) the Lord and live a hypocritical (devious) life!”
Just saying… I don’t want to be a hypocrite! I want to be a Christian (a devoted, obedient, follower of Jesus Christ) inside – out! I want what I claim to be to match what I am in daily living! I’m not perfect, but He’s at work within, changing me! Where I’m not consistent (“hypocritical”) I’ve got to acknowledge it (“confess it”) and “repent” (i.e. turn from hypocritical behavior – in other words change!) and depend on God to work the change He desires within me… inside – out!
As I said earlier… I’m a recovering hypocrite. Anyone else out there identify?