Often we focus on the faults of others while ignoring our own sin. In his letter to the church at Rome, Paul warns us of this practice. In living in such hypocrisy, we are simply storing up God’s wrath against ourselves. According to Paul,
Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. (Romans 2:1-5 ESV)
and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” (Romans 2:18-24 ESV)
Wow….”The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” When we live in a spirit of hypocrisy, instead of God’s name receiving glory among all the nations, his name is blasphemed. Let us not allow this to happen! Oh, that we would recognize our sinfulness and confess it before God! Then, in humility, share of his grace and mercy with those around us.
Finally, let us also remember the words of Christ, as he warns us about hypocrisy,
He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye. (Luke 6:39-42 ESV)
*On a final note, we must be aware that the Bible does not condemn us from approaching our brothers and sisters about sin in their lives. Paul even tells the church we should judge those within the church, “Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?” (1 Corinthians 5:12 ESV) As believers, we should always be willing to stand up for the glory of God and help those in our faith family deal with their sin. The warning is that we must always first recognize our own sin and repent first, then we will be prepared to help others see their own faults.