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The famous Panamanian singer Ruben Blades wrote a well-known song called “Plástico”, a title that refers to the superficial and seemingly unremarkable life that many people live. The message
of that song is expressed in the chorus: “You can see the faces, but never the heart” and although the song was not written with the spiritual field in mind, but if we observe well, we realize that it is also something that applies to the spiritual life of many people.
One of the ugliest things I have seen in Christian churches and congregations are people who claim to be believers, however, that in reality they only play one role (like good actors) in their church, but when they are not in it, they are a totally different person. This is what do to appear to be a good Christian, or to justify themselves. The worst thing is that they are often the first to criticize the others, who may openly make mistakes, but who in many cases have a more sincere heart than these “pretenders.” God loves honesty in people!
Hasn’t it happened to you that when you meet someone, at first you think they are one way, but after you get to know them better, then you reconize, that they’re totally different? Do you know what that is? It’s what’s inside the person who’s being manifested.
Jesus Christ said:
“…For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies…” (Mt. 15:19).
“By their fruits you shall know them…” (Mt. 7:16).
One of the first things a truly converted Christian acquires is spiritual wisdom. This spiritual growth comes only from the Word of God (the Bible), reading and listening with right attitude in the heart. Spiritual wisdom teaches us not to let ourselves be carried away by appearances, but rather, to pay attention to what is inside people.
Maybe you’re thinking about other people while you’re reading this article… But what about you? What about me? Are you/we really sincere? What are our fruits?
I hope you are not a “pretender”, and if you are, then we all have faults… But why not start changing from this time?
Friend, always keep this in mind: we can deceive men but never God!