That Awkward Moment When...

Passage for Today

Galatians 2:11-14

11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12 For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party.[a] 13 And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”


  1. Why did Peter suddenly start acting this way? 
  2. How have you seen hypocrisy and fear impact your life or the lives of others?
  3. In Philippians 1:10 (MSG), Paul challenges believers, saying, “You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere.” Do this today!


By Danny Saavedra

Awkward moments happen every day. Today, we’re going to take a look at one of the most awkward moments in the Bible. So, what happened here? Basically Paul, in front of a crowded room, got everyone’s attention and confronted Peter on his cowardice and hypocrisy.
This shows me two things. First, if you want to walk in freedom, you must walk in boldness and courage. Let’s be honest, it took a lot of guts for Paul to do what he did. Do you think staring down Peter in front of all those people was easy? No way. It took courage. But the price of freedom will always involve bravery.

And what Peter did—ignoring his Gentile friends and acting like a hypocrite—he did out of fear, which is the opposite of bravery. But here’s the thing: Anytime you operate out of fear instead of faith, you make yourself a slave. In this case, Peter’s fear made him a people-pleaser, pleasing the crowd. In doing so, he gave people power over him.

And because this happened to Peter, these “certain men” essentially dictated how he would treat people, people whom he had been treating the right way . . . and now he was treating them the wrong way. Which leads to the second thing this passage shows: Hypocrisy always causes collateral damage.

Peter had a lot of influence. Since others followed his lead, other Jewish believers fell into hypocrisy because of his actions. Even worse, “Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.”
Barnabas planted this church! But now, he would not eat with people whom he had led to Christ, whom he saw all the time, prayed with, and spent time out with!

Friends, God hates hypocrisy. He’s into sincerity. Because when we’re sincere, we’re giving God room to work. We’re admitting we NEED Him because we don’t have it all together, because we fall short and make mistakes. But when we’re disingenuous, when we’re hypocrites who put on a show of being perfect, we leave God no room to work in us! Where there’s hypocrisy, there will always be hurt.

So, let’s walk in sincerity. Let’s avoid the pitfalls Peter fell for and walk in courage and freedom like Paul. Otherwise, people will get hurt and so will our witness.

*  This devotion was found at titled “Live Free: the book of Galatians” by Calvary Chapel Ft. Lauderdale.

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