Love Worth Finding 16th January 2024 Devotional
Read Love Worth Finding 16th January 2024 Devotional by Adrian Rogers, Tuesday Message. As you study today’s devotional, remember this; “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15 (NLT)
TOPIC: Are You Living in Hypocrisy?
“Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things. And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?” – Romans 2:1-3
It’s time we stop thinking primarily about others and begin to think about and examine ourselves. Even we who are saved may be guilty of hypocrisy. It is foolish to say, “Faults in others I can see, but praise the Lord, there are none in me.” We tend to want to measure ourselves by other people. We want to play the comparison game. The problem is that God measures us by the perfect standard: Himself.
The word hypocrite means play actor. In past times, the actors would put on disguises. If they were supposed to be happy, rather than merely acting happy, they would put on a happy face, a disguise. If they were to be sad, they’d put on a sad face. If they were to be fierce, they’d put on a fierce face. They wore masks. And Jesus essentially said, “In the religious world, there are some who are hypocrites—they are actors who are wearing disguises.” But Paul said in the passage above, “the judgment of God is according to truth.” God is going to pull off the mask; there will be no disguise. The standard will not be profession, pretension, or performance. Truth is the standard.
- Why is it important to confess our hypocrisy to God?
- What are some areas in which you see hypocrisy in your life?
Spend time in the Word, asking God to show you areas of hypocrisy in your life. Be ready to confess and repent in these areas.