Matthew 7:5 “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
Yikes! I need to take a little time out from reasoning for God’s truth. Just in case any one reading this blog thinks I have achieved perfection in the area of truth and obedience, I need to set the record straight. I started this blog wanting to share what God has given me, but I hadn’t really considered how He might use this venture to change me. I guess if I am going to write about how I believe in God’s truth and obedience to it, I better be living in His truth. Since I started this blog, the Holy Spirit has been convicting me and revealing areas where truth is not reigning in my life—the “little white lies” I justify by not wanting to hurt people’s feelings, or the lies by omission like when I wait to bring in the shopping bag at a time that avoids my husband’s scrutiny, or when I don’t tell him something the kids have done because I know it will displease him. I might try to minimize the severity of these lies, but Proverbs 12:22 says, “The LORD detests lying lips, but He delights in men who are truthful.” The verse doesn’t say there are some lies He detests less. Jesus said in Matthew 5:37, “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’, ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” Do I really believe this?
It’s one thing if someone says they don’t believe in truth and not live it, but what kind of witness am I if I profess belief in God’s truth but don’t live truthfully. It amazes me how easily at times I can ignore the Holy Spirit’s convicting. “Anyone then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” (James 4:17) God will continue bringing my sin to light until I am obedient. He can still use an imperfect me, though if I do what I know to be wrong, the flow of His life through me will be restricted like a clogged artery restricts the flow of blood. I believe He has given me a strong gift of faith in His Word, but I still have to choose to obey. “Do not merely listen to the Word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22)
Where would God say you are not being truthful or look like a hypocrite?
How are you deceiving yourself by not doing what God’s Word says?