Jesus answered, "You are all hypocrites. Isaiah was right when he spoke about you. Isaiah wrote, 'These people say they honor me, but they don't really make me an important part of their lives. Their worship of me is for nothing. The things they teach are only rules that people have made.' You have stopped following the commands of God. Now you follow the rules you got from other people."
— Mark 7:6-8 NLT
We try to be nice in today's politically correct environment. However, some truth—God's truth—is just simply the real truth. When people fake their religious devotion or when they bend God's Word to justify the way they want to live, then it is hypocrisy no matter who they are. Jesus hates hypocrisy. Jesus will not let folks sink into hypocrisy and pretend with them that they are righteous. So what do we do with these harsh words from Jesus? First, we need to ask ourselves if we are guilty of the sin Jesus condemns! After all, in one way of viewing things, aren't we the religious ones today? If we are guilty, then let's change and put our lives where our mouths are! Second, we need to not be so bashful with each other when hypocrisy creeps into our lives. We need to lovingly and humbly help each other identify and correct any hypocrisy. Hypocrisy destroys our hearts and ruins the influence of Jesus' people on the world!
O God, always righteous and yet boundlessly merciful, please forgive me. I confess that I have sometimes sinned because I'm weak and have stumbled. However, there have been times when I've been criticizing others for their sin, yet allowed myself to do what I know was not right. Correct me gently and humble me tenderly so I can serve you without hypocrisy. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- Ezekiel 14:10
- Mark 12:13-17
- 1 Peter 2:1
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
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