Saturday, May 28, 2011

Genuine Love

"Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good."
Romans 12:9

The word “hypocrite” in classical Greek meant someone who wore a mask in a play. The real actor could not be seen. God tells us that love should be genuine and not pretend. And that we are to hate what is evil, because evil things hurt people and damage relationships, including our relationship with God. In Proverbs 6:16-19 we find some of the things that God hates. 
"There are six things which the LORD hates, 
Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 
Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, 
And hands that shed innocent blood, 
A heart that devises wicked plans, 
Feet that run rapidly to evil, 
A false witness who utters lies, 
And one who spreads strife among brothers."
Regarding love, 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 defines it for us:
"Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." 
Genuine love. The way God intended love to be.

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