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Living the truth

I have at times told others how I thought God wanted them to live while not living it myself. I guess this is what you could call being "a hypocrite" I have struggled living the truth. At times I have struggled loving and forgiving other people.   

Being a hypocrite misrepresents God as God has not nor will ever tell you to do something that He Himself would not do.  He lives the truth that He communicates He lives. If you claim to be some sort of religious person who represents God, yet on the other hand you misrepresent Him, you misrepresent Him more than if you did not claim to represent Him. 

1 Isaiah 1:13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations— I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?

Jeremiah 6:13 From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit.

John 8:55 Though you do not know him, I know him. If I said I did not, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and obey his word.

1 John 2:4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.

1 John 4:20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

James 1:26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.

James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

It is my belief that if you are struggling living the truth, one of the main reasons that you are struggling living the truth is you are struggling knowing (knowing in your heart) God. IF you better know (know in your heart) God I believe you will be better able to live the truth . 

Isaiah 61:6 And you will be called priests of the Lord, you will be named ministers of our God. You will feed on the wealth of nations, and in their riches you will boast.

Ezekiel 44:28 I am to be the only inheritance the priests have. You are to give them no possession in Israel; I will be their possession.