THEME: SINCERE LOVE
“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ”.
-Apostle Paul brings out both aspects of sincerity and love. So we ask, what is the point of being sincere if you are sincerely wrong? Paul point is so not keenly focused on sincerity since sincerity by itself has never been enough. The Pharisees were sincere, but it profited them nothing. Their sincerity was based solely on fulfilment of the law. Since the Lord reminds us that we are not under law but under grace, sin shall not have mastery over us.
Sincere in the Old Testament is translated as tamim, which means complete, entire and wholesome. In the New Testament, the word sincere renders four different meanings:- adolos – without guile, unadulterated – desire the sincere milk of the word (1 Peter 2:2), without blame or pure (Philippians 1:17) and without corruption – that the love of God should be sincere (Ephesians 6:24), which brings us to the main point. We should love God and one another sincerely. Jesus summarized law into love, for love is a fulfilment of the law. Love in itself a law. Romans 13:8-10 tells us that we are indebted to love one another, and whoever loves has fulfilled the law. Love does no harm to one another, and it is because of sincere love that we love our neighbors as ourselves. Love for God and love for others cannot be separated. As John puts it, “God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. And this is the commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also (1 John 4:16, 21). Sincere love is also selfless, as we are called to honor one another above ourselves (Romans 12:9-10). Sincere love means to lay our lives down for our brothers and sisters, just like Christ lay His life for us (1 John 3:16-18). This calls for pure sacrifice and doing good t0 one another, which is unadulterated love. Even though some instances have spark out conflicts and disagreements among us, creating enmity. Jesus calls us to love our enemies, to do good to those who hate us, to bless those who curse us and to pray for those who mistreat us (Luke 6:27-28). This is sincere love. Jesus also calls us to have compassion on those who are weak and needy in our society, for this is also sincere love. To exercise our gifts of prophecy, tongues, teaching, helps, faith and others, through love, for without love we are nothing and gain nothing (1 Corinthians 13:1-4). We know that everything will pass away but the word of God will remain. Faith, hope and love will remain, but the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13). We realize that we cannot love on our own without Christ. Only Christ can give us sincere love by His grace. With sincere love we are likened to Christ through Christlikeness.
Dear Lord Jesus we love You, thank You for loving us first. By Your love You have saved us by faith through grace, we appreciate Your dear Jesus. By Your love Your sacrificed Your life for us, and redeemed us from the curse of death. Thank You for Your saving grace upon our lives. We appreciate Your Jesus for loving us. You have provided for us, protected us, sustained us, led us in Your paths, healed our wounds, given us Your gift of salvation, thank You for loving us. May Your grace of love abound in our hearts that we may love You with all our hearts, minds, soul and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves. Give us the grace to our enemies, and to forgive all those who trespass against us. Thank You dear Jesus for loving us and for Your saving grace upon our lives. May Your grace abound in our hearts that we may love sincerely in all areas of our lives. May You heal all those who are sick, and provide for all the needy in the society. May You remember all those who are in prison and all those who contemplating suicide with Your mercy. May You grant favor unto all the candidates undertaking their exams during this season dear Jesus. We thank You and bless Your holy name now and forever. May You bless us Lord and keep us. May You make Your face to shine upon us and be gracious unto us. May You turn Your countenance upon us and grant us peace. Amen
Further reading: John 13:34
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