ss_blog_claim=c53e9ec92a7dc61f0c7fbc60e189fc3d The Endless Life's Journey: Hypocrites!

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This is an article from Our Daily Bread that really gets my attention. So I read it over and over again to understand what is the message of the article. I decided to post it on my blog so everyone can also read it and share their thoughts.

Speechwriter Peggy noonan, in her book Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, noted that appearances can be deceiving. " People never look like what they are," Noonan wrote. Of one unscrupulous businessman she commented that if we could see him as he really is, "He'd be sitting there at the dinner party with a dagger in his teeth." To all outward appearances he was an upstanding citizen, yet he was a hypocrite to the core.
Jesus called the religious leaders of His day "hypocrites" (Matthew 23:12-15). He meant that they were actors. In ancient theaters, each actor played several parts. To change identities, he would simply wear a different mask. Those religious leaders were changing masks. They were putting on a performance to win the applause of the community, but they didn't care what they were like deep inside.
Jesus instructed us not to be like the hypocrites, who perform their religious "duties" to be seen by others (Matthew 6:1-6). He said, "When you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.
God isn't impressed by the masks we wear to get approval. Instead, He reserves His applause for those who worship Him and give themselves in love to others.


The Endless Life's Journey