The dictionary meaning of “two-faced” is deceitful, hypocritical, untrustworthy, deceiving, dishonest, and backstabbing. I remember back in the day there was a song called backstabbers. The song said, “they smile in your face and all the time they wanna take your place”. Do you know anyone like that? In your life have you crossed paths with a two-faced, backstabber? They pretend to be for you but at the same time they are working against you. I think it’s safe to say nobody wants to deal with those type of people.
We call them two-faced; the Bible calls them hypocrites. Judas Iscariot was one of the twelve Apostles. He is known for betraying Jesus. Judas was a back stabber if there was ever one. He claimed to love Jesus, but he turned around and betrayed Him. I call that two-faced. Two-faced people may fool us sometimes, but they can never fool God. Jesus knew what Judas was going to do before he did it.
What is worse than being a two-faced friend, is being hypocritical toward God. This type of behavior is not acceptable to God. He can see right through to our hearts. If we profess belief and love for God, but in our hearts and in our actions, our agenda is still our own, not Gods, the Bible says we are hypocrites. A hypocrite is not a person who commits some sins on occasion, because we all commit sin occasionally. Hypocrites practice sin on a routine basis while pretending to be sinless and judging others at the same time. Now I am not judging, but I am addressing this because one of the major complaints of non-believers against Christianity is that the churches are full of hypocrites. Unfortunately it is true. We are supposed to bring people to Christ, not run them away because of hypocrisy. Christianity should not be judged on the basis of those who claim to be believers, when, in reality, they practice the opposite of what it teaches. One should judge Christianity not on the basis of what the two-facers do, but on the basis of what Jesus taught and how He lived. Jesus had a lot to say about hypocrisy and hypocrites. The scribes and the Pharisees hated Him because he directly confronted the religious hypocrites of His day. Modern day hypocrites are no different, when we conceal our real feelings or motives, and adopt certain religious rituals to impress the world. All glory belongs to God. When it comes to our Lord and Savior, we can not afford to be two-faced. Trying to live for God and the world at the same time, the Bible says it cannot be done. But don’t take my word, look at God’s Word. James 4:4 says, “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” You are either for Him one hundred percent or you are against Him. We cannot walk with God and hold hands with the devil! Jesus stated: “He that is not with Me is against Me” (Matthew 12:30).
Believers, God does not get angry when we fall short to sin, all His anger for our sins fell upon Jesus at the cross. Jesus became the lamb of God who took away all our sins. It is a gift, but we have to accept it, all of it. We cannot choose to let Satan deceive us and rob us of the greatest blessing man has ever known; salvation from sin through Jesus Christ our Savior and redeemer.
We don’t want two-faced people in our lives. We definitely don’t want to be one. We must ask God for discernment to see through hypocritical hearts and help us not be corrupted or tempted by satan to turn our face from God. We must pray to not fall into the trap of saying one thing but thinking another in our hearts. Brothers and sisters, if you are straddling the fence, being two-faced with God, choose now to turn your face toward Jesus, focus on Him and the things of this world will grow dim in the light of His glory and grace. You cannot face both ways! As for me and my house, we will face the Lord! Love and Blessings…
“A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:8)
“So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” (Matthew 23:28)
And He said to them, “Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME.” (Mark 7:6)
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)
And the Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouth
and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men,” (Isaiah 29:13)
“Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us. But to Your name give glory. Because of Your mercy and because of Your truth.”
“For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.” (Matthew 16:27)
Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
“Do not take me away with the wicked, And with workers of iniquity, who speak peace to their neighbors, but evil is in their hearts.” (Psalm 28:3)
“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)