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A BRIGHT NEW LOOK INWARD
II CORINTHIANS 4: 16
Jesus Christ was always right on target and He never
hesitated to pull the trigger.
A group of religious leaders known as Pharisees came to
Him complaining that His disciples didn't wash their hands
ceremonially before eating. Jesus looked these fakes in the face
and called them hypocrites. He then said of them, "These people
draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But
their heart is far from Me" (Matthew 15:8).
These counterfeit creeps were play actors. Our word
"hypocrite" comes from the Greek word HUPOKRITES, which
means "a mask wearer." An actor might play more than one role in
the same drama. He might come on stage in one scene wearing a
smiling mask, a bright robe, speak in a low voice, and elevator
shoes to make him look tall.
In the next scene he might appear wearing a frowning face,
dark robe, speak in a high-pitched voice, and wearing sandals.
Such an actor was called in English a hypocrite, a role player.
Biblically the word is applied to people who pretend to be
one thing when in reality they are another. They play roles. These
characters were "two faced." Verbally they were flattering Christ
when with Him and criticizing Him behind His back.
Mask wearers are lonely people. No one knows the real
person. Therefore, no one relates to the true individual. The fake
self gets attention leaving the true self unrelated to.
If we voted, the vote would likely be unanimous in
disapproving of hypocrites. Before voting let's take a look at our
Socrates said, "The unexamined life is the unproductive life."
Let's take an inward look. Introspection is often agonizing. It is at
times hard to admit something to ourselves about ourselves.
However, we want to move beyond what might be a downer, an
inconsistent life, and adjust to have a bright new look inward. Let's
engage in inward renov ...
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