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Hypocrites are people who say one thing but do another. They are two-faced, two-timing fence straddlers who speak out of both sides of their mouths. They are the kind of people we love to hate.

Some complain that Christian churches are full of hypocrites! Well, if it's true I can't think of a better place for them. Like every other sinner, hypocrites need the forgiveness and the healing influence of a caring church family. On one occasion Jesus was accused of hanging out with sinners:

"When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples, 'Why is He eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners?' And hearing this, Jesus said to them, 'It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.' " (Mark 2:16, 17)

Next time you feel sinful and overwhelmed by your weaknesses, praise God! You are why Jesus came to die! This doesn't means we should rejoice in our sins, but it helps us realize that our great need is what makes us eligible for God's incredible gift of salvation!

Prescription: Look up the word "hypocrite" in the dictionary. Read Luke 6:41-43 and ask God to help you see where you are hypocritical. Pray that God will give you grace to love those who are hypocritical.

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