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I do not sit with the deceitful, nor do I associate with hypocrites.
Psalm 26:4 NIV
We have to choose what is most important to us, telling the truth even when it hurts or deceiving people because we don’t want to lose someone or something.
The crazy thing is, we obviously don’t value this thing or person much if we’re willing to gamble, take a bet, and risk the truth never surfacing at some point and losing them/it anyway. We obviously don’t value ourselves— and most importantly God, and our relationship with Him.
We also have to choose to be a hypocrite and point the finger of blame towards others while we do the same.
We have to choose to either be honest about the way we live and think or continue to pretend like, “that’s not me. I don’t do that. I wouldn’t do that” while secretly we do and we would.
We have to stop being hypocrites telling everyone else to pray for others, to forgive others and themselves, to seek help through counseling and therapy, to spend quality time with loved ones, to take better care of themselves- yet we don’t do it.
Don’t tell others to do something you’re not actively and consistently doing and at the level and intensity you encourage them to do it.
We have to make choices. No one said it would be easy, and it won’t be- each and every day we must strive to live right, tell the truth, stay focused on our mission and purpose in life (or focused on figuring it out), and be free of worry about getting caught doing wrong- because we’re too busy doing right.
Father touch my heart and mind.
Show me the ways through Your light, love, peace and joy that I might think twice before telling a lie or withholding the truth whether out of fear, jealousy, envy or anger.
Turn me around from living a hypocritical life where I say one thing yet do another.
Help me to seek out and associate with those who seek You out, and work daily to stay on the path You have set for them.
Help me to seek out those who are less quick to place blame on others, those who are not manipulators of the truth, those who don’t lead double or multiple lives, and those who give freely of their time and love to all mankind not just those in their inner circle, and not just when it’s convenient.
Father let me stand by those who serve the least of Your children during their free time, not just as part of their job or something to do in connection with a group they are part of- but because it is what they are called to do and they love and live to serve.
Father rid me of the fear of losing out or losing favor with someone for speaking the truth, for living righteously, and for not switching ‘faces’ out of convenience.
Not losing Your favor is more important to me than my relationship with man or woman.
I want to stand in Your light Father and not lie in darkness. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.
Love you all,