The Kitchen Table Galatians Day 8
But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?” Galatians 2:14
Hypocrisy is one of the hardest habits to overcome personally and publicly. It’s a constant struggle because we’re constantly dealing with our flesh and the fear in our flesh. Our skin wants to rule our spirit but this life is lived from within, from faith with hope in love. To live in the flesh is death and that’s why we must deal with it. Hypocrisy hurts our conscience and our community because the spirit of man is looking for truth. It shuts down our witness. When we are not in step with the gospel everyone and everything else suffers, but it happens because we’re growing in our walk with Christ. The best thing to do is deal with it, don’t defend it. If we deal with it (hypocrisy) we don’t have to defend I; God will defend us.