“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.” -Matthew 7:5
The other day, my son wanted to buy a game card on Nintendo Switch for a car racing game. I told him that it was a waste of money, but if he wanted to use his allowance to buy it, I would give him that choice. Of course, he decided to go ahead with his decision to buy the game card, which unlocked faster cars, gadgets, and awarded him more points.
The next day, I didn’t feel like eating leftovers in the refrigerator. Instead, I decided to get a quick bite to eat at one of my favorite restaurants. It cost me the same amount as my son’s game card. After a few hours when my food was digested, I thought to myself. “I am such a hypocrite.” I told my son he was wasting his money on video games and here I was, not only wasting money but eating unhealthy.
As sinful humans, we are often tempted to judge others before introspecting our own hearts. Have you ever been in a situation where you confronted someone with a sin and then later that day you commit the same act? This can be frustrating.Tweet
Jesus warns us here in the book of Matthew to first take out the log or plank out of our own eye. Then, we will be able to see clearly to remove the speck from our brother’s eye. In other words, mature in the Christian faith and practice holiness so that when the time comes to confront your brother or sister in sin, you won’t be a hypocrite.
But let me be clear. All of us are hypocrites in the sense that we have said one thing and acted differently. Scripture teaches all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Therefore, we all need grace and mercy. This is the reason why the Christian worldview is so appealing. Salvation is a free gift, paid in full by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
If you want to learn more on confessing sin, I wrote another article here.
If you feel like a hypocrite, just confess your sins. God is faithful and just to forgive you of all of your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. When you realize you are a hypocrite, do not dwell on this. For Satan is the accuser of the brethren and wants us to feel constant guilt and remorse. This is not a healthy reaction to our sin. Instead, we should acknowledge our hypocrisy and do our best to correct it by the power of the Holy Spirit. Let’s pray and ask the Lord to help us in this endeavor!
Heavenly Father, all of us have sinned and fall short of your glory. We have all acted in disobedience and hypocrisy. Please, forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Renew a right spirit in us. Teach us to obey your commands. Help us to overcome sin so that we can lead others into a life of holiness. We give you all the praise, glory, and honor. In Jesus name, Amen.