God judges us by our attitudes more than nice-sounding words or nice-looking actions. He "looks on the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7). How can we discern attitudes of wolves versus sheep? "You will know them by their fruits" (Matthew 7:16).
Beware of two forms of hypocrisy: Those who are deliberately being deceptive, and those who are blind to the fact that there actions are not in harmony with God's Word. It's urgent that we stay immersed in studying the Bible so we are not deceived.
Paul had many severe critics within the church. Moses had many severe critics, especially Korah and the "250 leaders... men of renown" (Numbers 16:1-3). I have to ask myself, if I had been in a church under Paul, would I have supported Paul or complained about him? If I had been under Moses, would I have supported him or would I have supported the 250+ "leaders"?
God is just, and we all will reap the consequences (rewards and punishments) of our attitudes and actions.
A corollary to Romans 8:28--"All things will work together for good to those who keep a good attitide."
Don Hooser is a minister and writer for the publications of United Church of God. He and his wife Elsie live in McKinney TX, a suburb of Dallas. He was born in Dallas and grew up mostly in east Texas. Elsie is from Detroit, Michigan. They have three grown children, Amy, Randy, and Danny. Mr. Hooser graduated in 1963 from Southern Methodist University with a degree in mechanical engineering, and graduated in 1966 from Ambassador College, Big Sandy. Don and Elsie married two days after Don’s graduation.