Love is to be sincere and active [the real thing—without guile and hypocrisy]. Hate what is evil [detest all ungodliness, do not tolerate wickedness]; hold on tightly to what is good. Romans 12:9 AMP
If you ask seven people to tell you what love is, you will receive seven different responses. However, you will notice that there are some themes that will service during the discussions. Like everything else in life, there is real and make believe when it comes to love. You hear countless stories of people who believed that they were loved by someone; yet these individuals took the opportunity to exploit their feelings and rob them of their possessions. With all the fake things in the world, how can you identify genuine love?
Paul told the Roman Church that love must be sincere. In other words, don’t pretend. It’s easy to pretend that love lives in your heart but true love does not pretend. Mother Teresa said, “I believe God loves the world through us—through you and me.” That is the reason that our love must be sincere. As people of faith, when we show love to others, we are representing God. 1 John 3:18 says, “Little children (believers, dear ones), let us not love [merely in theory] with word or with tongue [giving lip service to compassion], but in action and in truth [in practice and in sincerity, because practical acts of love are more than words].”
Love should drive us to do what is good. Sometimes, I understand that it takes great love to overcome the experiences we endured at hands of others; but in the end, we must do what is good. Jesus went to the cross because He loved us. “The world’s system says that you love for the purpose of getting what you desire. But the true test of love is not based on what you get in return.” Claudette Glaude-Scott, The Love Walk. Let us make a decision to walk in love because Jesus loved us and was the perfect example of selfless love.
Thought for Today: Friend, honor God and walk in love.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.