Let love be without hypocrisy. (Romans 12.9 NASB) You would think that statement would be superfluous, wouldn’t you? After all, we have countless Scriptures available
After all, we have countless Scriptures available that tell us that love and loving others is an essential part of Christianity (1 John 4.7, Luke 6.32, Romans 13.10, John 14.15, etc.). 1 Corinthians 13 even provides us with an entire list of things that love is and many of us can quote it by heart. But the sad truth is that we tend to apply those principles to the people we already care about, and we explain away our attitudes and actions toward others by telling ourselves that we are being honest.
Too often we use truth as an excuse to be harsh with someone and maybe that is why we need the reminder to love sincerely. Because real love, the love-your-enemies type of love that Christ calls for us to show to one another, is so much harder than just telling them the truth and saying that it is for their own good. We forget that Christ’s honesty toward others was sorrowful rather than haughty and never dismissive. Christ demonstrated to us what real love is supposed to be through every moment of His life, from birth to death on the cross.
Real love is an active decision every day to treat others better than you think they deserve. Real love is choosing to respond to others with compassion rather than condemnation. Real love is reaching out when you want to turn away. Real love is humility and acknowledging that we, too, stumble and fall. Real love is asking for forgiveness when we do stumble.
We, as Christians, must make the first step, the first move, in showing love to others—particularly to our fellow brethren. We have to remember that We love, because He first loved us. 1 John 4.19. Ralinda Aspey