Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them…Romans 12:9
An active imagination, pretending, and imaginary friends which really do not exist are essential to a child’s growth and development. In fact, pretense leads to a child having a broader perspective on life’s possibilities and a higher level of creativity.
When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 1 Corinthians 13:11 NLT
However, the act of pretending is very detrimental beyond the stage of childhood. Pretense in adults is a precursor to dishonest and deceitful thought processes. Leading others to believe that you are fully in agreement with the individual(s) or the situation provides a breeding ground for feelings of bitterness and hatred to grow within. As time passes, the pretender gets fed up and much to everyone’s surprise he or she overreacts to something that is usually insignificant or unrelated to the present situation.
For Believers it is that same pretense that causes us to stray from God. We cannot serve God and love the things of the world. We become weary from losing the battle of pretending to be a Saint when we love the pleasures of being a Sinner. Eventually the worldly pleasures cause us to throw in the towel, and we are exposed for who we truly are.
… but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think…Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. Romans 12:2,17 NLT
When (by faith) we really love God, we experience a transformation from the inside; our hearts, our minds, and our lives become renewed. As all pretense fades away, we become transparent and we begin to reflect the character of Christ. God desires for us to come to Him through prayer and honestly express our faulty character traits.
“Then Christ will make his home in your heart as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.” Ephesians 3:17-18 NLT
Challenge for today: Pray a “Prayer of Confession” and expose your hidden sins to God.
Prayer for today: Dear God, We ask you to forgive us for pretentious sins; the sins of being double-minded and for acting one way in front of others, but harboring the sinful thoughts that reveal our true character. We are ready to change and grow spiritually. We ask you to empower us with inner strength by filling us with your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!
Bible Reading: Paul’s Prayer for Spiritual Strength–Ephesians 3:14-21
Sonya Johnson Ruiz