Isaiah 32:6 For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.
Hypocrisy requires more effort than most people realize. In fact, the level of effort expended by the hypocrite frequently exceeds what would be necessary to simply do right. Unfortunately, man’s sinful heart will frequently choose hypocrisy over genuine righteousness. As an individual chooses to live hypocritically, his practice of hypocrisy becomes more proficient. Young children do not often understand hypocrisy. They innocently speak and do things regardless of how it may negatively impact others. Eventually, these same children, taught by adults, learn how to hide things and pretend to be something that they are not. Eventually, the honest, transparent child grows into a deceptive, hypocritical adult unless the parents consistently direct the child away from this behaviour. How do people avoid this transformation from taking place? The individual must actively and consistently attempt to live a life without deception by allowing God to control his life.
- (For children): Absalom aggressively attempted to take the kingdom from his father David. He appeared as though he was good but was actually false and faithless (2 Samuel 15:1-12).
- (For everyone): Is there a balance between always speaking one’s mind and completely covering up what one truly thinks? How can anyone consistently find this balance?
- How can adults cease from practising hypocrisy? When is the practise of hypocrisy usually started? What can parents do to help their children avoid this pitfall that comes from living a lie?
- Ask God to help you stop practising hypocrisy.
- Ask the Lord to show you the dangers of hypocrisy.
SONG: TAKE MY LIFE AND LET IT BE