“Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you” (Matthew 7:1-6).
Today’s Morsel: Reading through the “Our Daily Bread’ devotional booklet a few weeks ago, I came across a comment that said that the word hypocrite meant he that wears the mask. So I looked up the word in the Greek for its meaning. I found that it was the word, hoop-ok-ree-tace'; which means "an actor under an assumed character (stage player), that is, (figuratively) a dissembler; a pretender; to give a false or misleading appearance to; conceal the truth or real nature of. As born-again believers, we must never allow this word to identify us. If we say we bear the name Jesus, then we must be a true portrait of Him. When others see us, they must see Him. He told Phillip, He that hath seen me hath seen the Father. Are you the real deal, or are you simply trying to be someone else? Be the real-deal, don't be a hoop-ok-re-tace'.
Sing: To be like Jesus. To be like Jesus. On earth, I long to be like Him. All through life’s journey, from earth to glory, I only ask to be like Him.
Thought For Today: Only actors disguise themselves and wear a mask.