A Purified Church: A People in Whom There is No Guile

by A.W.Tozer on July 26, 2014

A Purified Church: A People 
In Whom There is No Guile

by A.W.Tozer

"When Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, He said,
'behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile'"
 John 1:47

The basic artificiality of civilized human beings is hard to shake off. It gets into our very blood and conditions our thoughts, attitudes and relationships much more seriously than we imagine.

The desire to make a good impression has become one of the most powerful of all the factors determining human conduct. That gracious (and scriptural) social lubricant called courtesy has in our times degenerated into a completely false and phony etiquette that hides the true man under a shimmery surface as thin as the oil slick on a quiet pond. The only times some persons expose their real self is when they get mad.

With this perverted courtesy determining almost everything men and women say and do in human society, it is not surprising that it should be hard to be completely honest in our relations with God. It carries over as a kind of mental reflex and is present without our being aware of it.

Nevertheless, it is an attitude extremely hateful to God. Christ detested it and condemned it without mercy when He found it among the Pharisees. The artless little child is still the divine model for all of us. Prayer will increase in power and reality as we repudiate all pretense and learn to be utterly honest before God as well as before men!

Prayer: Lord I confess that many times I conceal what is wrong in my heart by an outward gracious behavior. Forgive my hypocrisy, cleanse me from deceit,from the inside out, so what's in my heart is pleasing to you. Make me a man/woman in whom there is no guile, and make your Church a people in whom there is no guile.

—Renewed Day by Day - Volume One