Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. (Romans 12:9 NIV)
We often think of 1 Corinthians 13 as the love chapter, heard often at weddings. A look into Romans 12 has much to say about love. Paul’s humbleness came from knowing where he’d been to where God’s plan prevailed. He persecuted the church of God. By God’s grace and hard work, he overcame. It did not come easy for him, the disciples were not welcoming in the beginning.
Sincerity is a tough commodity. In a society where supply/demand guides markets, we’re facing deficits in the sincerity market. People’s fake it till you make it approach, no longer counts for much. Our world is looking for authenticity, real hearts proving pure motivation. Love must be sincere.
Hate what is evil. God will take care of peacemakers, they will inherit the Kingdom of God. Hate what is evil. Society does not want Christians to speak truth on sexual immorality, yet they want accountability when it is conveinent for them. We are called to care for widows, orphans, and the poor. I believe this is happening. However, we are not to pacify evil. When Satan gets an inch- he loves to take a mile. And- miles are being stretched. Look at all the chaos in a false sense being justified.
Cling to what is good. The best thing to cling right now is a Bible. Studying God’s Word straight from the Bible for ourselves, is the best way to avoid deception. God will meet you right where you are- help you understand. It’s not confusing as what rushed minds tend to resolve. Take time sitting down, be sincere- your soul will drink truth like it’s been in a drought. I remember how thirsty I was after time in my dry and desert land, during refining years. I could not get enough to quench my thirst.
The Bible does say- thirst and hunger after righteousness. When this happens, our character morphs into God’s likeness. We begin to care about sincere love- hating evil and clinging to all that’s good. Life is not meaningless. We have much to be grateful. Being able to discern between good and evil, brings clarity to societal confusion- standing strong.
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