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Love Must Be Sincere – Real

Romans 12:9

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

RevRayMcCan we remember growing up and playing pretend? I was a second child and had an older sister. She had me playing house with her and her dolls and with her friends when they were old enough to come over. I remember pushing my sisters around in her large baby buggy and her me. I also remember something I did that I am not proud of – involving the baby buggy – my sister – and the hill in our front yard. If you want more – ask my sister.

Can we remember growing up and playing pretend? I remember playing ball against the chimney at the parsonage at Mt. Zion. I would bounce my ball of the chimney for hours – playing catch as it came off the wall – pretending to be Brooks Robinson or Boog Powell. There was a steep hill not too far from the chimney and soon I had several balls down the hill (which I was not allowed to retrieve). It didn’t keep me from playing pretend – I would throw an imaginary ball against the wall and didn’t miss a single one coming off the wall.

Today’s passage reminds us that our love must be sincere – not pretend. When we express love for God or for one another – we need to be sincere. Here is today’s passage in partial context – some significant remarks from Paul in his epistle to the Romans. Romans 12:9–21 – 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Can we remember growing up and playing pretend? Playing pretend is fun – art times – but when it comes to our expression of love – God’s love to God and to one another – we must be sincere and real!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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July 1, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , ,

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