No Love Fakers
"Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good." (Romans 12:9)
Love is such a living, breathing, flexing foundation of life. It is cuddly, warm, and tender. Then it's sacrificial, enduring, and patient. And then it's passionate, devoted, and committed. And then it's tearful, absorbing, and quiet. And then it's fierce, protective, and strong.
I'm amazed at how God is expanding my understanding of love. So much maturity in it that I have yet to attain. So much learning I need for how to apply love in different relationships and situations. Just ask Christine!
God's Word helps us all so much by teaching us, "Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good" (Romans 12:9). Love with sincerity. "Sincere" comes from two words meaning "one growth." That means our love must not be two-faced, duplicitous, or with hypocrisy. Love is to be undisguised, genuine, and pure. Love without sincerity is fake, pretend, and untrustworthy. We've got to hate the evil, fake, and disguised and cling to the good, holy, and pure!
This is exactly why love can come through correction as much as it can come through a hug. To not correct someone loved who may need correction is to not love him/her. There's something not genuine and quite fake in avoiding that in love. And to not hug or hold close someone loved is to suppress love's expression. There is something two-faced and disguised in not embracing loved ones. Either way, our call is to love sincerely. In that sense, love is a living, breathing, flexing thing. Love provides and expresses what is right and good in any situation. Love must be sincere, not faked.
This week our focus on love is elevated -- Valentine's Day, "The Mingling of Souls" marriage conference, and a message this Sunday for dating perspective. In all this, and so much more in our own hearts, let's open up to God showing us how love is to be sincere.
Yours in Jesus,