Dear Friends, In the Bible, it is clear that God hates hypocrisy, which means that some people pretend to act righteously, which is not really from the heart. God wants us to be genuine and truthful in our actions and words.
Imagine you have a friend who always promises to help you, but when you need them, they are nowhere to be found. That’s how hypocrisy looks to God. He wants us to be true to our words and actions, showing love and kindness to others, just like He does for us.
One story from the Bible that illustrates this is about the Pharisees, religious leaders in Jesus’ time. They looked very righteous on the outside, but their hearts were full of pride and judgment. Jesus called them “whitewashed tombs” because they appeared clean on the outside but were unclean inside. God wants us to be real and humble, both inside and out.
To avoid hypocrisy, we should love others sincerely and not just pretend to care. Our hearts should match our words and actions, so we don’t deceive ourselves or others.
God desires us to be honest with Him and ourselves, admitting our mistakes and seeking forgiveness. Being honest and humble before God brings us closer to Him, and He loves us even with our imperfections.
Let’s remember that God sees everything, even what’s hidden in our hearts. So, instead of pretending, let’s seek His guidance to become better people and show genuine love to everyone around us. When we live with sincerity, we honor God and become a true reflection of His love in the world.
Dear friends now let’s see the Bible scriptures below that talk about God hates hypocrisy.
“But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in”
“Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity”
“Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven”
“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”
“In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy”
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves”
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone”
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them”
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess”
“He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me”
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness”
“And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God”
“Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal? Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?”
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation”
“Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered”
1 John 4:20
“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?”
“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men”
“Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things”
“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate”
“Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; Which devour widows’ houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation”
“And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?”
“If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain”
“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord : but the prayer of the upright is his delight”
“The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?”