The unmerciful servant’s life ended badly because of hypocrisy.
Recently on Facebook I read a trail of statuses from people who were offended by a certain Church leader who had said something he probably shouldn’t have said. The statuses were led by a person I knew quite well and who had on numerous occasions said many a thing he shouldn’t have said!
A hypocrite is a person who purposely deceives others. They appear right, all the while they hide or deflect the reality of their wrongness. They deny the invitation of grace because they deny their own sinfulness to either themselves or their world. The moment we deflect our own wrong in order to expose the wrong in others is when we become a hypocrite.
“Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I cancelled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. (Matthew 18 v 32-34)
Almost a century before his parable is told the word ‘hypokrite’ was being used. It means ‘an actor’ and referred to the theatrical mask that was worn. It became to mean the figurative masks that are used when we pretend to be someone or something we are not.
Hypocrite – he looked like he had received, understood and been transformed by mercy until he met that one person that brought the worst out of him.
Hypocrite – his harsh treatment of that one person not only insulted but it denied all knowledge of the mercy he had received from his master.
Hypocrite -he desired justice for that one person but it was not true justice, it was fake, for true justice is only found within mercy which he had received.
Hypocrite – he gave out justice for that one person which he never wanted for himself but what he gave out he ended up receiving himself.
This hypocrite ended his life in torture. For the way we are is the way we stay.