Proverbs 11: King James Bible
A Hypocrite – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter eleven, Verses 9-10
9 An hypocrite with his mouth destroyeth his neighbor: but through knowledge shall the just be delivered. 10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – A Hypocrite
Please notice above, that the scriptures say a hypocrite destroys his neighbor with his mouth. Yet what do we see today? How many brothers and sisters in the Lord do we see tearing down one another?
How many times can you count, just online alone, how many “Christians” believe that their ability to call people out for this or that, somehow makes them better believers than his or her neighbors? Or if one person believes something a little differently than another, then one of them has to be deceived and bound for hell-fire?
I don’t mean a false doctrine that is against the Gospel, but for a few examples, you’ll find folks tear each-other apart because they believe in a pre, mid, or post, tribulation rapture. As if it touches on salvation in the least!
Or whether or not we should be eating pork, live on a flat earth or a round earth, what Mystery Babylon is really going to be, where’s the Anti-Christ going to come from, etc.. None of these things, no matter how you think they Biblically play out, have anything to do with the criteria given to us through the scriptures as it relates to our salvation.
But for all of the things above, just online alone, I’ve seen people condemned to hell because of the differences of interpretation of the scriptures that support each of these topics. It’s one thing to have a heated debate, maybe even an argument.
But to think that it’s acceptable to the Lord, that you take it upon yourself, to think that he’s given you the authority to condemn someone to hell, is simply foolish. The Lord has made us judge, jury and spiritual executioner over nobody.
To even begin to think so, is taking focus off of the real enemy of the Church, which isn’t anyone of flesh and bone, but principalities, powers, the spiritual wicked that go about this earth, causing these rifts within the Body of Christ. Not our neighbors, and certainly not others that are in the body of Christ.
If someone is wrong about something scripturally, pray, search scripture, make sure YOU have it right, and suggest your point of view. They can take it or leave it, or pray about it themselves. Again, this doesn’t mean to give a pass to those who are pushing a false doctrine, seeking to deceive people away from the real Jesus.
There’s actually a shortage of people who stand up against real false doctrine, but just watch what happens when the rapture of the Church crops up in a conversation, or in a thread somewhere. Typically, mayhem resumes.
Having said all of the above, who’s the hypocrite tearing down his neighbor, but those who are charged to instead love their neighbor as the would themselves? Were they not already told (or posturing) to love their neighbor, they wouldn’t be a hypocrite when they rant and rave about them.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 7: King James Bible
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
Matthew 22: King James Bible
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Romans 13: King James Bible
10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
Galatians 5: King James Bible
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
Ephesians 4: King James Bible
25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.
Thank you for all that you’ve given us. Thank you for your Word and for your Holy Ghost, to open up the depths and the riches that are to be found from page to page. It is easy for us to become hypocrites when we’re not well set in you Father. Help us to avoid tearing down our neighbors with the words that come out of our mouths. Place a guard over our mouths, that alert us to your Word immediately, so that we don’t rail against anyone, or perhaps cause a breach in the spirit because of our words. Help us all in this Lord, to whatever degree is necessary. In the name of the Lord Jesus we pray.
Have you ever taken a look back into the recent past and realize, hey, I was a hypocrite in that situation?