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“You hypocrite”
These are words that you don’t want to hear said about you. And if you are a pastor or leader in a Church, these words hurt and sting.
Even so, we need to examine our lives, are these words true about us?
I invite you to read the following verses
Matthew 23:1-12
1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:
2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.
3 So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.
4 They tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.
5 “Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long;
6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues;
7 they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them ‘Rabbi.’
8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one Master and you are all brothers.
9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.
10 Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one Teacher, the Christ.
11 The greatest among you will be your servant.
12 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
Unfortunately, these words were used by Jesus to describe the religious leaders of His day.
The word hypocrite means actor, one who is putting on a show.
Rest assured, if we behave one way on Sundays and another way the rest of the week, we will deserve this title.
Being a believer means that with the Holy Spirit we can behave the way the Lord God desires for us.
We may never be sinless, however, with His help, we can sin less.

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