The Third Key to Successful Living: Don’t Be a Hypocrite – April 15, 2015
1 PETER 2:1, So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
The first two keys to successful living are to get rid of all malice or evil intent and to get rid of all deceit by telling the truth in all things.
The third key to successful living is “don’t be a hypocrite.” A hypocrite is someone who pretends to be one thing but is really another. If you want to be truly successful in life, hypocrisy will never get you there.
Let’s be honest; all of us do a little pretending at times. We pretend to be a little more interested in a conversation than we actually are. We sometimes pretend to care a little more than we actually do. Pretending for someone else’s benefit is completely different than hypocrisy. The sole purpose of hypocrisy is to make us look better than others, and that is what will harm you and those around you in the long run.
As you reflect on your life today… are you real, authentic and genuine? If so, people around you will know it. Or, are you a fake, deceptive, hypocritical fraud? If so, people around you will know it. Get real today! It is never too late to change; however, change takes effort.
Think about it, and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D