Without Partiality Or Hypocrisy

Without Partiality Or Hypocrisy By Kirk Hunt

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

James 3:17 NKJV

The last few months have been disappointing.  I know partiality and hypocrisy exists in the world.  I suspected even the best of us can have the occasional episode.  I did not realize how blatantly, extensively and intensively it exists among those who are supposed to be the wisest among us.

It is directly related to the source of the wisdom.  Wisdom from above, God’s wisdom, is pure and consistent with God’s character, and God’s Word.  Since God’s wisdom restrains self-serving actions and motivations, men and women often seek other, easier ways to get what they want.

Of course, I expected a lack of Godly wisdom from unbelievers.  What I did not expect was the number of God’s people, especially “leadership,” who embraced earthly, ungodly schemes and cheats.  Suddenly, the actions and characteristics they decried, and held against, were okay on their side. 

Godly men and women are consistent and true.  Godly wisdom holds that what is good for you is good for them.  What God’s Word rebukes in others, rebukes in us as well.  Or would you have stoned the adulterous woman, but not the adulterous man?

God’s people are (still) the light of the world.  Using God’s wisdom, you can live without partiality or hypocrisy.  God’s people may not be perfect, but it should be obvious we live in and from God’s wisdom.  

 

Think:        God’s wisdom is never hypocritical or partial to anyone. 

Pray:           “Lord, help me to seek Your wisdom, above all else.”

 

Copyright © August 2017, Kirk Hunt

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Caught In The Act

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Caught In The Act By Kirk Hunt

 

Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.

John 8:3–4 NKJV
Please read John 8:3-11

 

Perhaps the Pharisees thought they had an airtight case. She had been caught in the act of adultery. They would trap that sinner-loving backwoods heretic by His compassionate, forgiving heart.

 

Of course, if they caught her in flagrante delicto, then where was the man? Leviticus 20:10 and Deuteronomy 22:22-24 are very clear and straight-forward. Both the man and the woman were subject to the penalty for sin. Clearly, their agenda was ambushing Jesus rather than holiness or justice.

 

There are folks who specialize in exploiting the mistakes and errors of others. Comparing them to jackals and hyenas may be accurate, but is little better than name-calling. Your best defense is to simply stay out of sin.

 

Remaining right and righteous is not always that easy. Still, it is cheaper and easier than being caught in the act. You have the right and responsibility to stay out of sin. Let His power and grace carry you past error and wrongdoing. You will thank yourself and the Holy Spirit in the morning.

 

Think:             It is up to me to stay out of sin.

 

Pray:               “Father-God, help me to live a life free of sin.”

 

 

Copyright © July 2015, Kirk Hunt

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