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Let Love Be Without Hypocrisy-Part I

Let Love Be Without Hypocrisy-Part I
25-Ways to Honor God-Part 1

"Arise, for this matter is your responsibility. We also are with you. Be of good courage, and do it." Ezra 10:4 (NKJV)

Knowing and accepting ones responsibilities are two different things entirely.  To know something - to know that its' right - and then to consciously choose not to do it - this is wrong.  To know God's Word and will and to consciously choose not to do it - this is sin.  

We are looking into some exhortations that have been given to every Christian man and woman - these are duties that every one of us have been called to do by God.

These 25-Duties are broken down into 4-distinct areas, and they are found in Romans 12:9-21.  They are as follows:

1.    Our personal "Duties" (Vs. 9)
2.    Our "Duties" to other believers (Vs. 10-13)
3.    Our "Duties" to every person (Vs. 15-16)
4.    Our "Duties" to our personal enemies (Vs. 17-21)

So with that, let's get started to look at these 25-duties that we are to do as Christian men and women.  The first 3-duties we will be looking at, will be our personal duties, and they are contained in verse 9 of Romans chapter 12.  It reads like this:

Romans 12:9 (a) Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.

So our first Personal duty is to:

1.    Let love be without hypocrisy

That sounds pretty simple, doesn't it?  Well, let's take a look at what "Love" is, and what "Hypocrisy" is, and then we can see how simple this is.

Q:    What Is this type of Love that Paul is referring to?
A:    It is "Agape Love"

Q:    What is Agape Love?
A:    Agape Love is a supernatural love that is from God.  

Every believer can possess it - they must choose to "Agape" another person.  When we "Agape" another person, our love is now centered on the needs and the well being of that person.  When we truly "Agape" another, we will pay whatever price we have to pay to meet the needs of that person and to care for them.

The best example of Agape love that we have is that of God loving us in such a way, that He was willing to pay the ultimate price because he cared about our well being.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (NKJV)

It is precisely this type of love that the Bible teaches to be the supreme virtue of a Christian.  Its origin is of God because God is love.  So we are to abide in Him and His love, and we are given the promise that He and His love will abide in us.

...God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. 1 John 4:16 (NKJV)

We have been told in the Old Testament as well as the New Testament that the "Greatest Commandment" is for us to "Love." (See Dt. 6:5; Mt. 22:37-39).  So important was this commandment that Jesus said that if we loved in this way, we would have fulfilled the entire law that was given to God's children.  He could say this because when we truly love others, we will do all of these other things contained within the law as a result of that love.

  •  Love is more important to a Christian believer than any other spiritual gift (See 1Cor. 13:13).
  •  Love is the Fruit of the Spirit of God (See Gal. 5:22)
  •  Loving other believers is the reason that non-believers can know that we are truly Jesus disciples (See John 13:35).

We cannot simply say that we "love" someone - we must live "love" in our actions.   We must truly make that conscious decision to love in our hearts and minds so that our actions will follow.  We see the Apostle John encouraging us in this.

My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 1John 3:18 (NKJV)

And the Apostle Peter echoes John when he writes about love as well.

Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 1 Peter 1:22 (NKJV)

In our next devotional we will look at what it means to "Love" with a pure heart - What it means to love in an "Agape" way.  

STUDY QUESTION:  According to the scriptures contained within this devotional, how are we to love others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are there people in your life that you do not love in an unconditional way?

APPLICATION: Make a decision in your heart today to love everyone in the way that God has asked within His Word.  Make a list of areas where you are coming short - now lay them at God's feet and ask for His power to correct these areas.

Father, Thank You for Your love for me.  Thank You for showing me how to love.  It is my desire to love others in an Agape way Lord, and I need You to help me to do this.  Give me the wisdom and discernment to make the proper choices today.  Fill me with Your love so that it overflows onto others.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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