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Let Love Be Without Hypocrisy-Part III
10/29/2009

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


 "But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. Luke 6:32 (NKJV)

We are looking at a series of devotionals which are revealing 25-ways to bring glory and honor to God - these are actually duties or responsibilities of every Christian. We can find these 25-ways in Romans 12:9-21.  We have been looking at the first of our "Personal duties" as Christian men and women.  And that first duty is to:

1.    Let love be without hypocrisy (Rom 12:9a)

In our last devotional we began to look at 16-attributes that showed what "Love" is.  We covered the first 7, so let's continue to look at the next 5-attributes of love.

8.    Love is not provoked (v.5)

In the King James and New International translations of the Bible, this verse reads, "Love is not 'easily' provoked."  The translators couldn't believe that this verse could be accurate without the word, "Easily" in front of the word "provoked."  But the proper translation is in fact," love is not provoked."  This is a great example of "Agape Love," because we are not able to love like this on our own.

9.    Love thinks no evil (v.5)

Right about now we should all be saying, "Ouch!"  But it is true because Agape love is not suspicious - it doesn't think of what might be happening - it trusts that God is in control, and it knows that He can handle it, no matter what it is.

10.    Love does not rejoice in iniquity (v.6)

This means that we don't get all happy when someone else we don't care for has problems in life - even if they brought it on themselves.  Again, we've pretty much all blown this one, but let's take a moment to think of those times when we have and then ask God for forgiveness.

11.    Love rejoices in the truth (v.6)

Love always rejoices in the truth of God's Word.  If we truly Agape love others, then we want to share the truth of God's Word with them, because we know that it will impact both them and others that they share with.  We must love the truth of God's Word, and hate what is false and from the enemy.

12.    Love bears all things (v.7)

This is one of my favorite parts of 1 Corinthians 13's teaching on "Love," and I think you'll like it too when you see the implications of this one.  The word, "Bear" is from the Greek word, "stego" which means, to cover with silence; to endure patiently - even to suffer with.   So Agape Love actually covers others to protect them.  When another person sins, we "Bear" or "Cover" those sins - rather than "Bare" or "Expose" them. We have a choice, we can cover the sin of another, or we can stir the pot by exposing them.  Let's let God do the convicting and exposing.

Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins. Proverbs 10:12 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to take a look at these things one more time and then meditate on them.  Ask God to show you areas in your life where you need to allow Him to help you do these things.  Remember, we just have to be willing to go in that direction and God will equip us with everything needed to do the job at hand.  

In our next devotional, we will wrap up this first duty of every Christian believer to "Let love be without hypocrisy." 

STUDY QUESTION: What kind of example does Jesus give in Luke 6:32 to encourage us to love those who are unlovable?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there someone in your life that you have been unwilling to love in the way that God has asked?

APPLICATION: If you are having a problem letting your love be without hypocrisy, then ask God to help you.  Tell Him to allow you to see those people in the way that He does; contemplate where they are heading and how you could be used to help them see a true love, and then allow God to love them through you.

Father, I am sorry for the times where I have not loved in the way You have asked.  Help me to see those people as You do Lord, and help me to love them in the Agape way.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



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