(Romans 12:9) “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.”
(Please read Romans 12:9-21)
In this passage, the Apostle Paul presents the characteristics of a Spirit-filled life, providing us with a complete and obligatory list of traits on how to behave like a Christian.
Each and everyone of us has personal duties and responsibilities towards themselves, and that is what verse 9 shows us.
If you have read the whole passage, you will see what are our obligations towards our family in Christ and we can study that in verses 10 to 13 “as to brotherly love, kindly affectioned towards one another: as to honour, each taking the lead in paying it to the other: as to diligent zealousness, not slothful; in spirit fervent; serving the Lord. As regards hope, rejoicing: as regards tribulation, enduring: as regards prayer, persevering: distributing to the necessities of the saints; given to hospitality.”
We also have requirements towards the worldly people that surround us and everybody else, and that can be examined in verses 14 to 16 “Bless them that persecute you; bless, and curse not. Rejoice with those that rejoice, weep with those that weep. Have the same respect one for another, not minding high things, but going along with the lowly: be not wise in your own eyes:”
The non-believers consider us their enemies, and verses 17 to 21 are very clear on how we must love them in return “recompensing to no one evil for evil: providing things honest before all men: if possible, as far as depends on you, living in peace with all men; not avenging yourselves, beloved, but give place to wrath; for it is written, Vengeance [belongs] to me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. If therefore thine enemy should hunger, feed him; if he should thirst, give him drink; for, so doing, thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head. Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Dear reader, Christian love is to be pure and sincere, not selfish or devious. The Lord Jesus taught us to love one another as He has loved us. Our Lord commanded us to love our neighbour as ourselves. He also told us that we can’t love Him and the world; our love must be devoted to one or the other as we cannot serve both. Love is a very key virtue in the New Testament. When you TRULY love Christ and keep your eyes on Him, you will certainly learn from Him and His teaching how to love others.
To Him be the glory forever, Amen.