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Written on March 10, 2016

“Be on your guard against…hypocrisy” (Luke 12:1)

Hypocrisy is called yeast. I have to ask myself: what does yeast do? It leavens, rises. What does it look like? infuse, suffuse, imbue, ingrain, inoculate, leaven means to introduce one thing into another so as to affect it throughout. What does it affect? The whole.

Hypocrisy means wearing a mask. I think we sincerely make sure we are not wearing the mask of hypocrisy and would hate to be called a hypocrit. But we should look closely at the Lord’s explanation of it (Lk 12:1-3). The same person we are smiling towards WILL one day hear loudly proclaimed what we have said about them in the secret, safe place. “Nothing will be hidden…secret” (vs 2). How devastating when people learn how we really felt about them! That alone should be a deterrent to our hypocrisy.

Then who should we vent to? Even here nothing is exempted. Listen…”What you have said in the dark WILL be heard in the daytime; and what you have whispered In the ear IN the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the housetop” (vs 3). Even the most intimate setting in our house is “bugged.”

Shouldn’t we have the freedom to express ourselves? have a confidante? at least one? If we could see this clearly, we have abused such relationships. Knowing there is a listening ear can diffuse the drive to pray. It also puts the listener in the precarious position of hearing what only God should hear.

Hypocrisy affects the whole. Our hypocrisy infects and can harm our listener (Prov 18:8, 26:22). The Ear who hears what we speak to another is telling us it will be broadcasted over the air waves some day.

Let’s resolve to change this and ask Him to help us! David wisely said, Psalms 39:1 “I said to myself, ‘I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.’”

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