November 28 – Beware the Leaven

“…he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” Luke 12:lb

Jesus was always the hardest on the religious people of His day. The Pharisees tried so hard to look good on the OUTSIDE, but Jesus knew their hearts. “You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean.” (Matthew 23:27, NIV)

Hypocrisy is rooted in pride. It tries to make you look good at the expense of others. It leads to a critical spirit, critical of everyone except yourself. It focuses on the external and superficial because it has much to hide.

Jesus said that hypocrisy grows and spreads in a man like leaven or yeast does in the making of bread. The Apostle Paul continued that thought when he wrote that “a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump,” (I Corinthians 5:6) A little unaddressed sin in a man will eventually corrupt the whole man.

Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees today by speaking Li of others, and do not think of yourself more highly than you ought. (See Romans 12:3.) Remember, you are only righteous through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, and not sufficient in yourself. (See II Corinthians 3:5)

PRAY: “Gracious, loving Father, forgive me for the sin of hypocrisy. Let me see my brother through Your loving eyes of compassion.  My sufficiency is in You alone.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

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