The difference –

Holy people behave in certain ways because they love God.
Hypocrites behave in certain ways because they want others to think they love God.

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Holy people are concerned about being pleasing to God – inside and out.
Hypocrites are concerned about how they are perceived by others.

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Holy people have a heart to love and serve others, regardless of their socioeconomic status.
Hypocrites like to associate with “movers and shakers” and the “up-and-coming,” to enhance their own standing.

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Holy people bow to the authority of Scripture and live radically obedient lives.
Hypocrites will excuse disobedience to the Word of God through use of pious-sounding logic, while slavishly adhering to their own man-made rules and standards.

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Holy people give themselves unreservedly to God and are patient with others who are still in the process.
Hypocrites expect more from others than they are willing to give of themselves.

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Holy people have a humble estimation of themselves because God is their standard.
Hypocrites compare themselves to others and develop a spiritual superiority complex.

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Holy people base their convictions on the standard of God’s Word.
Hypocrites exalt personal preferences and human traditions to a position of equal (or greater) authority with the Word of God.

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Holy people are real.
Hypocrites pretend…

to do things they don’t.
to abstain from things they do.
to love things they hate.
to hate things they love.
to want things they dread.
to dread things they want.


Well that ought to give us all something to think on for a while.

 

List taken from Seeking Him: Experiencing the Joy of Personal Revival study, pages 121, 122.

 

Written by Lauren

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