Thursday, January 26, 2012

I'd Make a Good Pharisee

                                                       




I hate it when people judge others.Who do they think they are? They think they're perfect and they never make a mistake?  Self-righteous and haughty people. They look and act like they have it all together. Never doing anything wrong. Look at us, we dress perfect, smile perfect, act perfect. You never see us upset or down.

Back in Jesus' time the Pharisees were the leaders. They were so focused on doing everything right and the appearance of holiness was very important to them. We don't call people Pharisees nowadays, but we still have people that take on the characteristics of them. It's easy to slip into this behavior. 

Their life can't be as perfect as they pretend it to be. 

"Inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence..."First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside will be clean also" {Matt 23: 25-26"}

Do we hide because we are scared?  Worried we will be rejected if we don't say and do all the right things? If our past is found out will people still think good of us? We deny who God made us to be, so that we can carbon copies of those around us, refusing to let the past be used for His glory.

When are we going to start being real with people? Let our true selves show through and be comfortable in our own skin? Allow ourselves to feel each other's pain and carry each other's burdens without being doubled faced and turning a prayer request into a chance for gossip.

"..You appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness"{Matt 23:28}

So glad I'm not like them. Those that refuse to be real and let the walls down. Judging those that live like the world can't touch them.
But am I not?

Judging the judger is just as bad.  No difference. I'm sitting at the judgement seat of them, condemning them for falling short, of what I think they should be. 

Being a Christian doesn't make you perfect. You can try strive, but you are human and you are going to mess up. Sometimes in a big way. It's good to let people see that though, it's not in the messing up but how you get up and carry on that matters. That is what I'm learning as grow older wiser with age. I still have a ways to go....I'll not be perfect this side of heaven anyways :)

Lord, give me Your eyes to really see those around me. To pull the log out of my own eye.  May there be less of me and more of You!

2 comments :

  1. What a wonderful reminder! It is so easy to fall into patterns of sin.
    Lord, keep us sensitive to your spirit!

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  2. I agree and we do it without realizing it until it's too late.

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