Just Pretending

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A thought:  Hypocrisy is pretending to be something you are not.  Jesus called the Pharisees hypocrites because they did not worship God out of love for him, but because it made them look holy, and it increased their status in the community.  We become hypocrites when we (1) pay more attention to reputation than to character, (2) carefully follow certain religious practices while allowing our hearts to remain distant from God, and (3) emphasize our virtues (overlooking our own sins), but (4) constantly point out sins in others.

Commentary from notes for Mark 7:1-23, the One Year NIV Devotional New Testament (2003), Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

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