WE’RE ALL HYPOCRITES
Hypocrisy is easy to spot in others, but we often miss it in ourselves. Lord, reveal any hypocrisy in my life!
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Yes, we’re all hypocrites! We just aren’t perfect, darn it. We have great intentions. We desperately want to walk in “the way everlasting,” but hey, we’re only human, right? We stray.
Don’t judge me too harshly when I falter. Maybe if I didn’t set my standards so high, it would be easier to reach them, to meet and keep them. Should I lower my expectations?
Where do I find my standards?
As Christians, don’t we all strive to be more like Jesus? Oh my Lord, help me! If I’m trying to be like You, I’m struggling to be perfect! The goal can’t get any higher. No wonder I “fall short of the Glory of God.”
Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
The Lord knows all my offenses. He knows all my anxious thoughts.
God hears our silent murmuring, our laments. We don’t have to tell Him about our shortcomings. He recognized them before we did. If we’re open to the nudging of the Holy Spirit, we’ll feel His guiding hand trying to help us stay in the Way Everlasting.
In addition to the Spirit within, He’ll send us the love of family and friends who love us in spite of our failures. And He’ll send us annoying critics who shout, “Hypocrite!” And we’ll run to our Hospital for Sinners, our community of believers who meet with us each week to worship and refuel. They are people like us who are praying the prayer of Psalm 139:23 – “Search me, God, and know my heart…” Together we’ll lock arms and strive to “walk the talk” – and get back to the Way Everlasting.
At least for the moment!