A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
Matthew 7:17-20 NLT
There’s an old saying, “Talk is cheap.”
Whether in our home, in the workplace, in the church, offer in public — who we really are shines through in our actions, regardless of our words. And that doesn’t mean that we avoid being a hypocrite by “not talking about it”. It means that we need to:
1) test ourselves to be sure that we have genuine faith (a faith that we live out each day bearing the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self- control) that results in obedience to God’s will for our lives
2) repent, confess, and accept forgiveness for anything we have let become hypocrisy or a hindrance to our testimony of what Christ Jesus is doing in our lives
3) align our thoughts, words and actions with God’s will each day and abide in Him through the day
4) give God all the glory for the life abundant that we experience when truly living in this way
Now we have said it to ourselves. We have read it. We have understood it.
Now let’s walk it out, by the power of the Holy Spirit in us who is sufficient and fully capable of such amazing things!
If you aren’t sure about this Holy Spirit power thing… pray and ask God to give you this good gift that comes down from heaven. Repent of your sins, believe that Jesus Christ was dead and buried and is now raised to heaven, confess Him as your Lord and Savior, and receive the Holy Spirit to conform you to the image of Christ and restore your right relationship with God. He does not wish that you should perish as a hypocrite, but live as an Ambassador of The Way. Amen.