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Are You A Hypocrite Christian?

Bible Verses: 1 Corinthians 13, Matthew 7: 1-6, James 2: 12-13

Repentance can be defined as expressing regret or remorse, especially for

misdeeds or moral shortcomings.

True repentance is to feel regret, ask God for forgiveness AND turn away from sin!

I will say that repentance is a change in your heart, and only God can judge your heart.

As a Christian, I have made the mistake of correcting and judging others without

knowing the full information.

For instance – I saw my friend arguing with someone. This lead to them fighting and not talking. I was quick to condemn my friend about his lack of patience and meekness.

Little did I realize, I was doing the same thing. Holy spirit had to call me out on my hypocrisy, and I had to repent and apologize to my friend. Then I reasoned and listened to my friend explain the situation, with love this time. We corrected each other and he resolved the situation with his other friend.

As you can see, no one should criticize others or correct others without having the full information. Also, we should ALWAYS correct others in LOVE, not with a judging spirit.

In James 1 v 19-20 AMP

“Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving]; for the [resentful, deep-seated] anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God [that standard of behavior which He requires from us].”

True listening involves understanding what someone else is saying and reflecting before answering.

Are you thinking like a Child or a Mature Adult?

Listening and understanding shows where your maturity level is!

Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13 v 11-12 AMP

“When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now (in this time of imperfection) we see in a mirror dimly (a blurred reflection, a riddle, an enigma), but then (when the time of perfection comes, we will see reality) face to face. Now I know in part (just in fragments), but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known (by God).”

Most of us, think we know and understand what we are doing; however, a lot of our actions are based on emotional reactions and not logical/spiritual responses.

As we mature in our daily lives, we change and make better informed decisions, and this makes us better people.

As I said before, repentance is a change in heart, which is a daily, hourly and minute thing that we all need to do, as we mature further into the person God called us to be.

In Romans 3 v 23 NLT

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”

Everyone is a sinner; So, we all need to repent continuously.

Let’s Grow and Mature

Our maturity is core to our understanding, and the contents of our hearts, guide us into the image of God.

As we mature, we stopped doing childish things, which are denying the nature of self. The 'Nature of Self' is everything we desire regardless of who we hurt in the process, consciously or unconsciously.

We have a sinful nature – however, our sinful nature and desires are not welcomed in the Kingdom of Heaven.

It is important that we let the Holy spirit in us take control.

Jesus said to the disciples in Matthew 26 v 41 AMP

“Keep actively watching and praying that you may not come into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

In addition, Paul talks about the two natures in conflict in Romans 7 v 14 – 25 AMP.

But I focus on 18 – 20 AMP

“For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh [my human nature, my

worldliness—my sinful capacity]. For the willingness [to do good] is present in me, but the doing of good is not. For the good that I want to do, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want. But if I am doing the very thing I do not want to do, I am no longer the one doing it [that is, it is not me that acts], but the sin [nature] which lives in me.”

How to NOT be a Hypocrite Christian

Jesus also said in Matthew 7 v 1 – 6 AMP, with these focus points

- Do not judge, criticize or condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous