Am I a Hypocrite?
Hey loves, welcome back to our coffee chats! I have to be honest I am so excited for this new addition to Lifee With Jo.
I love writing about Motherhood & Faith, but when I was solely covering those two categories I felt as though it could’ve been easy to assume that I am someone who has my entire life together — which is so far from the truth. I’m grateful to be able to share my struggles, and honest thoughts with ya’ll! Let me know in the comments below how you’ve been feeling about this new category =].
Enough blabber haha. Let’s jump right in.
Hypocrite/ Hypocrisy: the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform; pretense.
If there is one thing that God is good at, it’s knocking me off my high horse. The last few months he has really been revealing and cutting away parts of me that are not bearing good fruit. If I could summarize my nastiest ways of thinking in one phrase, the phrase would be —
All Truth, No Grace
I am well aware and extremely grateful that Jesus hits us with the truth but then extends his grace to us. My problem is that I have had a very hard time extending grace to the people in my life because I have been so focused on the TRUTH.
You already know that’s not the right thing to do
You should’ve known this would end badly
Why can’t you just stop doing what you know is wrong?
Sadly this was my thought process and response to the situations that people were facing around me. If it seemed to me that the solution was common sense, or if I felt that the person in the situation “knew better” that was all that I could focus on.
Could you imagine if God treated me this way? Writing off my mistakes as things I should’ve known not to do, and without any extension of grace?
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth" John 1:14
I have learned that helping people seek truth is not a bad thing, but when it is not done in grace it’s actually pointless.
One of my goals for this year is to not just walk around saying I want to be more like Jesus, but actually studying who Jesus was and how he treated others. All I have to do is take a good look at my own life to see His mercy all around me.
It’s not enough to know and accept God’s good grace if I am not extending it to others as freely as it is extended to me!
Maybe you can relate with me, or maybe you’re more of a grace person. Constantly offering an “It’ll be alright, and coddling the people around you without offering the truth that they NEED to hear.
Either way offering grace without truth, or truth without grace is ineffective, and not what Jesus wants us out here doing! So as I challenge myself to practice grace + truth, I want to challenge you to do the same!
Let me know in the comments below if you tend to be a truth person or a grace person!