Most people’s lives are stained with sin. Most people thrive in secrecy. They can be likened to whitewashed tombs. On the outside they look neat, they seem to say all the right words and do all the right things, they seem to live a picture-perfect life, yet, inside, they are as dark as coal, inside they are spiritually dead, inside they are full of sin. You will find out that there are people who are very immoral but because the stain of their sin is not visible to the physical eye, maybe because of their gender or because of other factors, they explain away their sin with all sorts of logic.
There are people whose lives are filled with sinful indulgence but they portray a different image to the public.
Such are the same people who gather around in their self-righteous cliques and start gossiping about other people and tearing them down. They are the people who give other people labels and abuse them and point out every weakness in the other person while laughing at that person. They are the same people who go about slandering others and backbiting and find pleasure in discussing other people and in seeing them fall. Such are no different from the scribes and Pharisees, whitewashed tombs!
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisees, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanliness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. Matthew 23:25-28.
People living in hypocrisy are like whitewashed tombs. Many people are double-minded and live double-standard lives. When you ask different people about a certain person you will get very different answers, and once you get to have an experience with that person you will start wondering why other people praise that person. You find out that that person does not measure up to the praises being directed towards them.
There are people who carry themselves in a different manner depending on who they are interacting with; with some people, they appear very nice but with others they are the most abusive people you will ever meet, in one situation they appear very respectful but in another, they will call you names you have not heard of before.
There are people who will put on a mask for every situation they are in or when they want to meet a certain objective that they have in mind.
Such will play the part for a season in order to impress someone but after their objective is met or if they realize that they are failing to meet what they had planned in their minds, then their real selves come to the surface. They say to themselves that they have nothing more to lose and so they might as well turn ugly towards the other person.
This world is full of people who will approach you for their selfish gains. They will play with your mind until they make sure that you give in to their demands. They will bombard you with ideas that seem like good logical explanations to make you soften your stand. They will make every effort possible to gather as much information from your life as possible, then they turn around and use that information against you.
They will put on a perfect outer mask, similar to whitewashed tombs, in order to try and win your trust and soften your heart towards them, yet, all the while, they have evil plans and they are planning on how they will get what they want from you. Their presence in your life is all about them; what they can get, how they can drive you down, how they can use you, how they can satisfy their curiosity about you, how they can brag to their friends, how they can show off to people around them, how they can fill the voids in their hearts through you. Real friends are very rare to find.
The Bible asks why we look at the speck in the other person’s eye but fail to notice the beam in our own eyes.
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgement you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5.
Before you go gossiping about how that other person is immoral, make sure that you are not immoral, irrespective of your gender; sin does not discriminate on gender. There are people who have grown comfortable in their lustful indulgence because society has conditioned them into the deceptive thinking that it is okay for certain people to behave in a certain manner.
You will not be judged by God according to what your “buddies” say is right, you will be judged according to the Word of God, in justice based on truth and holiness.
Before you call another person a gossiper, make sure that you are not a gossiper. Before you point out something in another person, make sure that you are not doing or saying the same thing. Examine yourself.
Just because a person attends church and even holds a certain leadership position does not mean that they are truly saved, just because a person mentions God once in a while does not mean that they are submitted to the Lord, just because a person seems pray a lot does not mean that they are living their lives in obedience to the Word of God, just because a person seems religious does not mean that they worship the One true God, just because a person has put on a perfect outer mask does not mean that they are born again of the Spirit of God.
Watch the fruits of people’s lives, is it the fruits of the flesh or is it the fruit of the Holy Spirit? Do not be deceived by external appearances. Test the spirits and ask the Holy Spirit to give you discernment. Most things and most people are not as they appear to be. May God help us.
As the children of God, we have the Holy Spirit indwelling in us, the Spirit of truth who guides us into all truth.
Jesus said, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” John 14:26.
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