Have you ever done something simply because it seemed like the right thing to do, even though you’re heart wasn’t in it?
- You offered an apology even though you believe the other person is misinterpreting events or is overreacting
- You are purposefully kind to someone you know despises you (Romans 12:20)
- Someone apologizes to you in a very insincere manner ( like the classic “I’m sorry you are upset”) but you accept it as if you believe they are sincere
- You are outwardly supportive of an idea excitedly proposed by your husband/wife/pastor/friend… that you think is a bad idea (but not immoral or anything like that)
- And, of course there’s “Lovely dress”, “Nice hat”, “Have you lost weight?”, “That was a delicious casserole”, “You look much younger than 46”…
Where’s the line that divides well-intentioned but ‘insincere’ acts and words from actual deception or hypocrisy?