Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Romans 12:9-10 NIV
Love Must Be Sincere
In 2001, a woman named Linnie immigrated to Canada from Germany. On a recent blog post she said this: “Canada does not make it easy; Canada makes us prove the sincerity of our love and the intensity of our commitment to our immigration efforts. Canada tests us to breaking point of our ability to prove our love to the new country we so desperately cling to. It’s often a lonely journey until we find the many others who have committed to the opportunity to start afresh.”
There is love and there is love. I have a lot of things I love – football, pizza, a beautiful sunrise, my wife and Jesus. Obviously, there are levels of love – while I love pizza, it doesn’t come close to the depth of my love for my wife or for Jesus. The other challenge is that human love – even the deepest and purest, often comes with strings attached – I love for what I can get out of the object of my love. The apostle Paul deals with this issue head on in Romans 12:9-10: “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” There is no wiggle room here if we are going to love as Jesus loved us. Jesus laid down His life for us because He loves us – there was nothing in it for Him. We are commanded here to love in the same way. This is what Paul means when he calls us to honour one another above ourselves. That is sincere love – divine, no-strings-attached love. Let’s look for opportunities today to love sincerely.
These have been words from the heart.