Do You Have a Double Heart?

Overcoming Hypocrisy

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23
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The heart is the seat of life.  Scripture tells us that from your heart flows the entire course of your life. Since this is so, it makes utmost sense to protect your heart.

One of the greatest dangers to your heart is what I call “double-heartedness.” What is this danger and how can you avoid it?

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Double-heartedness is the state of being one person on the inside and another on the outside. Another way to describe double-heartedness would be to say being two-faced or wearing a mask. In essence, double-heartedness is hypocrisy.

Why is double-heartedness so dangerous? For one thing, it divides the self and causes conflict and disharmony in the soul. Moreover, double-heartedness creates instability in every area of your life. When you are of two hearts–or of two minds–you are pulled in opposite directions at the same time with the result that you are going nowhere.

Double-heartedness is living a lie. You are presenting to the world a persona different from who you really are. Worst of all, double-heartedness is lying to yourself and to God. 

What can you do to overcome double-heartedness? Here are some suggestions:

  1. Get to know yourself.  Discover who you really are and be that person. It is far better to be the original that you are than an imitation of someone else.
  2. Accept yourself. Most hypocrisy stems from the failure to accept oneself, flaws and all, because of the fear of rejection. When we accept ourselves as God made us, we go far in eliminating hypocrisy from our lives.
  3. Do not compare yourself to others. In 2 Corinthians 10:12, Scripture warns us against comparing ourselves with others, describing such behavior as unwise.

God has made you unique. Rejoice in that truth and share your uniqueness with others. As you do, you will be giving the gift of your true self to those who need who you truly are. Anything less is double-heartedness.

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2 thoughts on “Do You Have a Double Heart?

  1. Interesting post, dear MaryAnn, and one that gives me pause. If I am feeling low and depressed, I try hard to conceal that to others and pay more attention to their needs and thoughts, so I guess I am not being how I feel, but I think many of us try to rise above our negative emotions. Thank you for making me think.