Duplicity

1 a: contradictory doubleness of thought, speech, or action

b: the belying of one’s true intentions by deceptive words or action

2 : the quality or state of being double or twofold

3 law : the technically incorrect use of two or more distinct items (such as claims, charges, or defenses) in a single legal action

The Bible is clear about our actions and words and how we must be truthful and straightforward. Let’s look at a three examples.

Matthew 21:28-32 – a father asks his two sons to and work in a vineyard, the first says no but then repents and goes, the second said ok but then did not go. Jesus likens his listeners who heard the teachings of John the Baptist but have not repented and believed to the second while publicans and harlots who did believe he likens to the first. He also said the publicans and harlots would get into heaven because of their beliefs. The second son was double minded by not following through on his affirmative reply. The first son was not in the fact that he was honest and said no…but then he repented of his choice and went. In his repentance he had to let his father know his change of heart.

James 1:5-8 – when we ask God for something we must put all our faith in Him for the answer. We cannot lean on our understanding and the world for the result. Verse 8 spells it out “a double minded man is unstable in all his ways”. KJV

Matthew 6:24 – Jesus is talking about treasures and in this verse He says we can’t love money and God. He also points out though that slaves can’t serve two masters. Many times in the word we are told that if we live in sin we are slaves to sin. So we can’t serve sin and God at the same time. We cannot live a double life.

“Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.” James‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NLT‬‬

So let us be straightforward and honest with ourselves before God and strive to be single minded in pursuit of Him.

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