“Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity,” Matthew 23:28.
Confession: every time I take the lid off a gallon of milk, before I pour it over my cereal or into a glass, I smell the milk. Yes, I look at the expiration date, but I do not really trust the date. From personal experience, I have discovered that, though the gallon of milk may look normal on the outside and may even have a safe expiration date, sometimes the milk has spoiled. I hate wasting a good bowl of cereal by pouring spoiled milk over it, so I never judge a gallon of milk by the way it appears.
Jesus used similar illustrations to describe the religious hypocrites of His day. The danger of pretending to be pure and denying the reality of sinfulness in the heart is the same as treating a cup as if it is clean simply because the outside has been washed. Jesus also illustrated the stupidity of hypocrisy by comparing it to a whitewashed tomb full of decaying bodies: the outside looks clean, but the inside is rotten.
What is the moral of the story? Do not pretend to be something you are not. We are all sinners, so we should all walk in humility, admitting our weaknesses and our desperate need for forgiveness and salvation. Pretense gets us nowhere. Admit your weaknesses and mistakes to God and to others. If we are willing to do that, we will find healing and joy.
JUST A THOUGHT
Will you confess your sins to God today?