A mask or facade, hiding the real state of affairs by giving a false impression or image, creates a sham.
Be the real deal – sincere and honest
are not (Gal 6:5-8; Col 3:22). Claiming to live a sinless life is deception (1 Jn 1:8-10). We might be able to fool people, but not God.
Being genuine doesn’t rule out the power of a positive mental attitude or the value of projection by acting as you want to be but it does
eliminate falsely thinking and believing something that is far from the truth. The church in Sardis was not aware of their true spiritual
condition, claiming to have life, while in fact their spirituality was as good as dead (Rev 3:1). Often people make an effort to
over-compensate when out of balance – for example, a workaholic
is normally trying to hide a deficiency in another area of life.