Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. —Matthew 23:1-3

            Do we live our lives according to what we say?  Do we practice in our own lives what we preach to others?  Are we living out what we say we believe?  Is what we say really what we believe?  A lived life will reveal if one truly believes what is spoken as belief.

            It is a sad commentary that the Pharisees would teach God’s Word that others were to live out, but they themselves were hypocrites— what they said for others to do they did not do themselves.  We see much of this all around us in our culture, but should we see this in the Body of Christ, the Church?  Is this happening in our own lives?

            Let us reflect on our own lives and consider what we are “preaching” to others, evaluating our own lives to make sure we are “practicing what we preach.”  Do we really believe what we say?  If so, what we say will be reflected in how we live.  There should not be a disconnection between our words and our way of life.  They should agree.  Am I truly practicing what I preach?

Dear Father may it be that I not only speak what You desire me to speak, but that I would live like You want me to live.  May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.  Oh, that this may be so!

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