18 November 2013 by Rev Dr Jai Kumar –
"And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy."
CHARACTER OF GOD PRODUCES LIFE
Hypocrisy destroys your testimony. You can say a 100 things with your lips but if your life shows a different message people will not trust you. The greatest message that you and I can ever preach, is the message of our lives. Our lives can speak louder than any message.
On the other hand, we have people who are quick to judging others, finger pointing and character assassination.: "They are clasified as hypocrites." Psychologically it has been proven more often than not that they suffer from an illness called "inferiority complex." Jesus knew what was in the human heart. He knew "the perfect human" does not exist in this world.
Paul was a servant of God who did not compromise the Gospel. He had character and integrity that was supremely exemplary. He confronted Peter in Antioch when he saw hypocrisy being displayed in the life of Peter. Paul stood up for the truth even when it was unpopular to do so. He opposed Peter, he was not afraid to speak up when he saw hypocrisy poisoning the ethics, values and the standards of the Gospel of Christ. You know what? It takes real backbone to speak out like that!.
YOUR LIFE WILL LEAVE A POWERFUL INFLUENCE BEHIND
Your life will leave a powerful moral influence on others who surround you at the end of the day. The reality is that we all will have to leave this world one day.
1 Peter 1:24
For, All flesh is as grass, And all the glory thereof as the flower of grass……
One day it will fade away. But the legacy you leave behind will live on. Therefore, never underestimate the effect of your genuineness in your character and integrity.
You know what? As the world tries to squeeze us all into its mold, a life of integrity and character will never disappoint you. Instead, it will stand up in sharp contrast. Integrity helps us to be creditable not clever! Integrity is based on how honest and consistent I am to Christ-likeness.
JESUS NEVER PROMISED US A TROUBLE FREE LIFE
Even though we are spiritual, we live in an imperfect human world with many challenges and pressures facing us daily. And if we are not careful, we can be easily sucked into the world system. Jesus said:
The world is full of problems and you are not exempted from it! But don't worry, be of good cheer! I have overcome the world! And I will give you grace to overcome the world too.(John 16:33)
CHARACTER IS LIKE A FOUNDATION OF A STRONG BUILDING
Character of God produces life. Money is not the thing! Position is not the thing! Your background is not the thing! A person of character can stand up to anything! Despite the pressures of the floods and the rain, that will not spare you. You can sail through a storm and your boat will not sink!
Note: Rev Dr Jai Kumar is the founder and pastor of Full Gospel Outreach Ministry KL. He is also a member of ECCM, spiritual overseer for Full Gospel Christian Church KL, co-founder of the Kingdom Christian Fellowshp Subang Jaya, and also the author of a book entitled, 'God's Time Clock.'
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