A facade is an outward appearance that is maintained to conceal a less pleasant or credible reality. It is creating a false picture for others that is vastly different to what actually is. This pretence or front, with the real self hidden behind a mask to impress, having the intention of giving a false

     Endeavour to be consistent throughout     – Colossians 3:22

appearance is deception. Jesus called the religious leaders hypocrites, because they said one thing yet practiced the opposite; they were like beautifully cared for tombs on the outside but on the inside were full of bones and everything unclean (Mt 15:8, 23:27). With pride it is possible to so entrenched in and convinced of the outward show that we are oblivious to the real condition of our hearts (Rev 3:17,18).

The truth will come out at some stage, the real us will be revealed for "There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known"; if it will cause embarrassment, now is the time to begin the

Don't be fooled by outward impressions

remedy (Num 32:23; Mt 10:26; Col 3:5-17). Examine your heart. Are the actions and words that identify you coming from a place of faith or are they simply attempts to appear spiritual to impress others? Be honest in your relationship with God. It is only when we face up to being sinners and repent of our sin that we can be forgiven (1 Jn 1:8-10).

See also: deception, humility, hypocrite, image, pretence/pretend, reality, superficial.