Helpful questions to burn off hypocrisy

I recently read an article in my latest Eternal Perspectives publication (newsletter type of thing – check it out at where Joni Eareckson Tada talked about her goal to close the gap that exist between authenticity and hypocrisy.  This was a good and helpful article for me.  She confesses that she has adopted the following quesitons proposed by John Wesley.  I’m considering doing this throughout the month of December as I head into 2013.

  • Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I’m a better person than I really am?
  • Do I laugh at the mistakes of others, reveling in their errors or misfortunes? 
  • Do I insist on having my own way?
  • Is there a tendency for me to put others down so that I’ll be thought of more highly?
  • Do I pass on to others what is told to me in confidence?
  • Am I thoughtful in expressing ‘thanks’ to people for what they’ve done for me, no matter how insignificant it seems?
  • Am I a slave to dress, a slave to friends and their opinions, a slave to work or habits?
  • Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
  • Did the Bible live in me yesterday?
  • Did I disobey God in anything yesterday? 
  • Did I insist on doing something about which my conscious was uneasy?
  • Did I handle discouragement well or did I have to be coddled?
  • Am I enjoying prayer?
  • When did I last speak to someone about Christ? 
  • Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize or hold resentment toward? 
  • If so, what am I doning about it? 
  • Is Christ real to me? 

I strive to embrace and exalt the majesty of God in all things and I want to be this authentically for the joy of all people.  Closing the gap between reality and hypocrisy will be a work of God’s grace.  


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