Holy vs. Hypocrite

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance, but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

1 Peter 1:13-16

After a couple of different interactions this week, I found myself falling back into people-pleasing mode. So when I saw the following list in my Bible study this week, I found myself convicted in some of the areas! It is a nice comparative list of differences between holy people and hypocrites. I thought that it was really good, so I thought that I would share!

Holy people behave in certain ways because they love God.

Hypocrites behave in certain ways because they want other to think they love God.

Holy people are concerned about being pleasing to God — inside and out.

Hypocrites are concerned about how they are perceived by others.

Holy people have a heart to love and serve others, regardless of their socioeconomic status.

Hypocrites like to associate with “movers and shakers” and the “up-and-coming,” to enhance their own standing.

Holy people bow to the authority of Scripture and live radically obedient lives.

Hypocrites will excuse disobedience to the Word of God through the use of pious-sounding logic, while slavishly adhering their own man-made rules and standards.

Holy people give themselves unreservedly to God and are patient with others who are still in process.

Hypocrites expect more from others than they are willing to give themselves.

Holy people have a humble estimation of themselves because God is their standard.

Hypocrites compare themselves to others and develop a spiritual superiority complex.

Holy people base their convictions on the standard of God’s Word.

Hypocrites exalt personal preferences and human traditions to a position of equal (or greater) authority with the Word of God.

Holy people are real.

Hypocrites pretend…

to do things they don’t.

to abstain from things they do.

to love things they hate.

to hate things they love.

to want things they dread.

to dread things they want.


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